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My Newcastle First Team – A Little Controversial

6 years ago

The Newcastle first team – so far, not so good.

Alan Pardew will claim that his players have had a decent amount of possession and a credible number of chances.

However, in truth much of that possession has been in the non-dangerous areas of the pitch and creating real quality chances hasn’t really been the case, with more a case of half-chances and longer range efforts.

So what formula and team selection can make the difference.

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Well for my money, the return of Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse could go a long way to hopefully curing the team’s problems so far, if sued in the right formation and given the chance to sign.

Leaving aside longer term injury victims Davide Santon, Rolando Aarons and Siem De Jong, I think the following is a team that could see our spirits rise and hopefully results as well.



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I guess the more contentious choices I’ve made, are leaving out both Williamson and Cabella.

I think the defence has been shaky and confidence is pretty shot through in the middle, my worry is that once Williamson goes on a bad run and is put under pressure then he finds it very hard to get his confidence back. Steven Taylor isn’t everybody’s idea of a solution but as the only alternative available I think he’s worth a run to see if his innate confidence can help steady it at the back.

Personally I would always choose Haidara over Dummett as he’s much more mobile and a better footballer, though I acknowledge that Dummett has done ok so far.

Cabella for me has really struggled and can do with going on the bench and getting 20 or 30 minute cameos to help build up his confidence.

A midfield trio of Tiote and Sissoko & Colback has the mobility and strength to both protect the back four and the attack.

Most importantly, by playing those three it should allow a more attacking formation of pushing Riviere and Gouffran up in support of Cisse, rather than being two more defensive midfielders as is Alan Pardew’s natural way to go.

There would be no shortage of a hard work ethic and I feel that Cisse could really benefit from this kind of formation, while I think a loosening of expectancy on Riviere to get the goals could then ironically lead to him pitching in with a decent share of the goalscoring.

The easiest change to this eleven would then be Rolando Aarons once he’s fit, in place of Yoan Gouffran, thus providing even more threat going forward.


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