Harper & Simpson Must Start Against West Ham

Three games left to save ourselves from the oblivion of relegation to the Championship.

I don’t care how Alan Pardew does it, as long we secure the 3-4 points we need to stay up. Then he can leave as he’s been found wanting this season on several occasions.

SteveHarper2The 6-0 defeat to Liverpool was pretty devastating and some big changes need to be made for the last three games.

Firstly, Steve Harper. 197 appearances for our most loyal servant and the chance to get to 200. He bleeds black & white and with Rob Elliot’s confidence shattered after Liverpool, then why not bring Harper back?

Then, Debuchy’s stupid red card allows Danny Simpson to come back and I’d prefer to see him play the remaining 3 games, as despite being out of contract, he’s never lacked fight.

Coloccini can’t come back soon enough and HBA has to start from now on. Also, if we can get Marveaux fit again, then he could be another creative player to consider and it’s about time Tiote was dropped and Vurnon Anita given a chance. You don’t come through the Ajax academy without knowing how to pass the ball.

Plus, you’re never going to score if you don’t shoot and Papiss Cisse had nothing to go on against Liverpool, so give him the support he needs.

So, for the remaining 3 games, here’s the team I’d like to see Pardew put out to try and get us out of trouble and playing in a proper 4-3-3.

Harper; Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini, Jonas; Sissoko, Anita, Cabaye; Ben Arfa, Cisse, Marveaux

Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Tiote, Perch, Gouffran, Shola

Harper, Simpson & Coloccini to come into a fragile back four. Drop Jonas back to left back, as he’s a grafter and more defensively sound than Haidara.

Bring Anita into midfield and have Sissoko & Cabaye alongside, then have HBA and Marveaux(if fit) either side of Cisse.

If Marveaux isn’t fit, then play Gouffran and have Adam Campbell on the bench as an extra forward.

Hopefully, this sort of line-up could get the results at West Ham/QPR that we so desperately need.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1254494282 Robert Wilson

    Get real man. Harper, Simpson, make it a real joke threesome, get Shola in there as well. Maybe Gosling too. Unbelievable. Oh I forgot Obertan. Same class as the other four.

  • Modernist

    What a tool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/clarity.roc Clarity Roc

    I totally agree. Good shout.

  • hoglan

    You’d put Jonas in at left back after the Sunderland game?

    Regardless of what he said midweek, no way Ben Arfa is 100% fit. Marveaux wasn’t even on the bench against Liverpool.

    That said, it looked like all of our starting 11 were injured on Saturday!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.cooke Nick Cuttooth Cooke

    Jonas ahead of Haidara? You’re tripping man.

  • NUFCDavid

    Oh wow. What’s next? Williamson as a sweeper?

  • ACorp11

    If Colo is healthy and ready to go for West Ham, then move MYM to rightback, Colo/Saylor in the middle and Haidara on the left.

  • Mani Thangadurai

    IF Harper shows great form in training, then I’d have him in. He might be able to lend some authority and beef to the back four. But I’m sure the man himself will not be willing to be given 200 appearances as a gift. He’ll want to earn his spot on merit and if he does, then well done and good luck to him. In an earlier post I had mentioned how despite his lack of games he had left an impact on the club. Well, if he is able to save NUFC from a suddenly likely relegation, he’ll become immortal! Alan Shearer couldn’t do it as manager!

  • Mark Roberts

    harper
    simpson mbiwa, colo, anita
    cabaye, tiote, sissoko
    gouffran, cisse, benarfa