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No Substitute For Quality At Newcastle United

8 years ago

Only hours to go now before it all starts again, Newcastle one of only two teams yet to kick off their new season.

Both United and City fans have been bystanders as they’ve watch predictable victories for Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United, competitive fixtures between those lower down, a shock for Arsenal…plus an uplifting home defeat for the mackems.

No substitute?

Given the honour of doing the first [intlink id=”33039″ type=”post”]Premier League match preview[/intlink] of the season, I suggested the following line-up would start;

Krul, Debuchy, Taylor, Coloccini, Mapou, Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko, Gouffran, Ben Arfa, Cisse

While Ryan Taylor is long-term injured, it looks as though the following are all likely to be unavailable; Haidara, Remy, Santon, Jonas, though as ever Alan Pardew is capable of springing a surprise as to who is and isn’t available.

You then have Tavernier, Campbell, Abeid and Ferguson out on loan.

So what does that leave?

Elliot, Dummett, Anita, Shola, Sammy Ameobi, Marveaux, Obertan, Williamson, Gosling, Vuckic, Bigirimana

I would suggest that seven of those first eight are likely candidates for the bench.

I know that players such as Marveaux and Anita have their fans but for me the Dutch midfielder still has it all to prove, while Marveaux shows flashes of quality but doesn’t seem physically capable of playing more than a couple of matches in a row.

Early matches are notorious for players picking up knocks, twinges etc as they taste their first real action of the season, so with Newcastle likely to get the runaround for much of the 90+ minutes I can’t see our first eleven all finishing the match, even if just down to tired legs.

I know players like Tiote and a few others have to show their best form once again to convince many fans but to me it is sadly the case that if any one of that first eleven have to come off then their replacement will be a big drop in class. I’m not saying that they will automatically play badly but just that they have to play out of their skins to be just not out of place.

With the possible exception of Marveaux, the lack of creativity and goals and game-changing capacity, is absolutely shocking.

I have a lot of faith in our first eleven delivering but only my prayers if any changes need to be made.

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