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Neil Warnock Brings In Centre-Back Newcastle Could Have Done With

6 years ago
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While both Newcastle and Palace are both expected to make a number of changes to their line ups tonight, Neil Warnock has the luuxry of bringing in a centre-back who would have been ideal for United if they’d recruited him in the summer.

Brede Hangeland arrived at Selhurst Park for nothing in the summer and while like most of his teammates he was nothing special at Fulham last season, over the years he looked a class act at Craven Cottage.

Only seven months older than Fabricio Coloccini, Hangeland could’ve been that dominant centre-back Newcastle have desperately needed for years, and knocked our wobbling back four into shape with a bit of organisation.

Palace manager Neil Warnock is looking forward to seeing his new centre-half in action as a starter tonight, though he began his interview on TalkSport with an acknowledgement of Alan Pardew’s problems at the minute;

“It (Cup match) will mean a lot to Alan (Pardew) as they are fighting on all fronts up there,

“I’ve got to see some players play, so we’ve got to give people chances.

“Brede is such a gentleman and when he arrived at the club, he said to me ‘gaffer you won’t have any problems from me, I will work hard and I’m here for you’.

“He’s such a gentleman and a real pro, I’m looking forward to seeing him play on Wednesday.”

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