It’s not often the words ‘strong defence’ and ‘Newcastle United’ have been written in the same sentence, other than when the suggestion is being made that we’ve never had one!
However, this season we’ve defended well as a team and the performances of Steven Taylor and Coloccini have been top notch. Only one game without them and we’ve conceded four goals away at Norwich.
The injury to Taylor is of great disappointment given that he’s out for the full season. I’ve stuck up for him over the years, arguing that his failure to develop has been largely due to the ‘donkeys’ who have been partnering him over that time.
The performances of our curly headed Argentinian have been a major factor in the outstanding performances from Taylor, hopefully he’ll come back stronger next year and Colo is still here to guide him through.
Thinking back over the years we’ve had a catalogue of centre-backs who’ve been average at best…a total waste of money at worst. It’s a key position which can provide the backbone behind any strong team and if you look at clubs that win things, it’s very rare that you turn around and say their central defenders were poor. They can be the rock upon which a team is built.
Growing up as a young lad I always admired the ability of Bob Moncur, regarding him as a great leader. In more recent years the best centre-back on our books for many a day was Jonathan Woodgate…absolute class…shame about the injuries.
I always admired Dabizas, mainly for his goals at the other end of the pitch, and Kilcline will always have a place in our hearts for obvious reasons. There’s others who wouldn’t get in our Sunday morning team, for instance Boumsong and Marcelino, no surprises there I guess. Though there have been plenty more who have just flitted in and out of the team.
Having said that, it’s all about opinions. Howay then, who are your best and worst centre-backs?