Can Newcastle Put A Team Out To Face Morecambe?
While Newcastle fans look forward(!!) to this year’s Cup campaigns starting this Wednesday, the mind boggles at exactly which eleven players will take to the pitch at Morecambe.
No players bought in, squad players allowed to leave, younger players out on loan, a few injuries, a suspension, plus a Premier League crisis brewing already!
The manager said in the Summer that with no Europa League to get in the way, Newcastle would have a real go in the cup, this though is the reality of what he had to say on the subject last night;
“We are a little bit short at the minute, so it (Morecambe on Wednesday) is a bit of a worry.
Our fans are desperate to do well in the cup competitions and every time we seem to turn up in them I get a small squad to choose from. So I have to be careful with Fulham three days later.”
Last year Newcastle cruised though the second round of the League Cup, though they did get a bye thanks to European involvement…quite ironic considering Pardew always blaming European involvement.
So Newcastle’s first domestic cup engagement last season saw the following team and subs used, as United went down to Man.U. at Old Trafford;
Elliot, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini (Ferguson61), Tavernier, Obertan, Tiote (Bigirimana 71), Gosling, Marveaux, Vuckic (Cisse 61), Shola
A year later and while outsiders will see this Morecambe match as a formality (for Newcastle!), I don’t think many of us do.
Who on earth willl Newcastle put out to start the match?
My guess is the following players will almost certainly start, barring injury;
Ellliot, Dummett, Gosling, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Vuckic, Gouffran
However, if Cisse does have any kind of an injury after coming off against West Ham, could Pardew risk playing Gouffran?
A few who started against West Ham will need to play their second of three in a week, which then leads to more chance of further injuries, as happened when Jonas was forced into action against City when Cabaye was withdrawn.
An overly small squad creates a vicious circus and whether we can crawl through this Morecambe fixture or not is immaterial without reinforcements, it simply delays the inevitable cup knockout until we play somebody half decent.
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