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Madness Strikes Newcastle Fans Ahead Of Sunday

8 years ago

I’m often left bemused (nothing new there) by how quickly fans will jump on a bandwagon.

Over the course of a match a player can become a world beater and equally he can be a new found liability in the course of ninety minutes.

Of course this is all fuelled by the press who are more than happy to play their part in big shifts of opinion, makes good headlines.

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Paul Dummett has never started a Premier League match and yet you will have some Newcastle fans outraged if Alan Pardew selects Steven Taylor ahead of the left-back turned emergency centre-half against Liverpool.

Yes I’m all too aware of Taylor’s limitations but while he has his mad bad moments he is what he is, a usually dependable whole-hearted defender, a veteran of hundreds of appearances and also derby matches, and Newcastle’s second best centre-back – in my opinion. I’ve no doubt Dummett would give it the proverbial 110% but surely using him would be a last resort.

If Taylor is fit to play then there isn’t a chance that Alan Pardew won’t play him, quite rightly.

I don’t understand the mentality of fans who would want to chuck in an inexperienced left-back out of position for his first Premier League start, especially in the most pressurised match of the season.

The sad thing is that the same people who will be furious if Taylor plays ahead of Dummett, would no doubt be the ones savaging the young left-back if he did play and ended up having a nightmare.

Confidence and experience are vital in these games and Steven Taylor would have been one of my first names on the team sheet, even if Pardew had had a full squad to choose from.


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