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Sink or swim for certain Newcastle players against QPR

6 years ago
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Earlier today I saw the team that fans had voted for, I didn’t disagree with the eleven players picked but I was shocked by the lack of options in terms of Newcastle players v QPR tomorrow.

I know we have some injuries but the international break seems to have simply taken mine, and many other supporters’, eyes off the game on Saturday.

On the injured list we appear to have;

Siem De Jong, Rolando Aarons, Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Davide Santon.

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That to me leaves us with the following small group of players who I feel confident in playing as regulars at the minute;

Krul, Janmaat, Dummett, Sissoko, Colback, Haidara, 

The next group of players are those who to me have played but haven’t looked up to the job (so far this season);

Cabella, Williamson, Anita, Gouffran, Riviere,

Then there are those who we still haven’t seen enough of to know whether we can rely on week after week.

It may seem a little harsh on Perez and I was tempted to put him in the top grouping – but I do think that the jump from Spanish second division to Premier League is a huge one.

He has shown he has got an eye for goal but his involvement in games apart from the goals hasn’t been massive and I think he definitely needs more tim eto properly grow into the role.

Armstrong, Streete, Ameobi, Ferreyra, Callum Roberts, Perez

Finally we have;

Ryan Taylor, Cisse, Elliot

Naturally Elliot would never get a game ahead of Krul and you can’t play two keepers. While in Papiss Cisse’s case he only arrived back today on Tyneside and after his injury problems it would be asking a lot for him to start against QPR.

As for Ryan Taylor, at his pre-match press conference even Alan Pardew doubted whether Raylor could play a full Premier League match at this stage, suggesting a cameo off the bench would be the most he would be comfortable with.

What this leaves us with is a lot of unanswered questions and out of necessity a number of players will be pressed into service against QPR who aren’t proven performers.

It isn’t ideal but it will be sink or swim for certain players tomorrow afternoon – let’s hope they are ready for the plunge.

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