Fans’ choice of Newcastle starting 11 vs Tottenham
The fans’ choice of the Newcastle starting 11 vs Tottenham contains many constants but some big surprises as well.
Thanks as always to the thousands of you who made the effort to vote and the headline news is as follows.
Tim Krul gets top marks (99%) – little surprise after his display here last season, as well as the fact there is no realistic competition for his place and very solid perfromances against Swansea and Leicester.
Tale of two players getting their chance – last week Steven Taylor and Vurnon Anita got a call-up die to injuries. Taylor gave a committed reasonably assured performance and is rewarded with 82% of fans backing him compared to Williamson’s 22%. While on the other hand, yet another woeful anonymous showing from Anita leaves him with a feeble 10% and surely little chance of playing, unless the injury problems do become a crisis today.
I’m a big fan of Haidara (60%) and think he has more ability than Dummett (37%), while as usual the Frenchman outscores the Geordie in our poll. However, against Leicester I thought Dummett was decent while Haidara got all too easily caught out when he came on, maybe a lack of games and confidence not helping him?
Interesting to see that eight players got 80% or more votes, suggesting they are seen as obvious choices if fit.
Haidara creeps in as eleventh man, while interesting to see that in terms of creativity, you have the other two who are at the lower end of the eleven, Cabella and Obertan. Clearly you’d expect Pardew to stick with Obertan but will Cabella only get in if the manager’s hand is forced through injury?
Gouffran (21%) has totally fallen out of favour with supporters after ten months of no goals and a feeble contribution to the team otherwise.
Clearly supporters would rather see Cabella thrown in and see if he could spark to life today, however I think sadly we all know who Pardew would pick between he and Gouffran.
82% Steven Taylor
13% Ryan Taylor
13% Sammy Ameobi
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