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Best Newcastle United 11

5 years ago
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With the anticipated Old Trafford defeat looming, it seems that it’s that time of year where fans look to seasons past for enjoyment and thrills, with Newcastle United’s best 11s popping up on this site, started by Joey Barton when he named his best Premier league XI.

For what it’s worth, I’ve decided to name my best Newcastle United side of the Premier league era, because once I got into it, it brought back a feeling I haven’t had for a while- Excitement!

Picture the scene: A full St James’ Park (36,000 or 52,000 depending on your standpoint) and the lads running out to ‘Local Hero’. The team-sheet gets handed round the bars and concourses. The PA shouts out the opposition to mild booing and hisses. Then, the home side is read out.

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You can name a very good eleven that have come to St James’ to play Newcastle United as the Premier League does have some fantastic players in it, but imagine if this was the Newcastle United side:

Shay Given

Philippe Albert

Jonathan Woodgate

Fabricio Coloccini

David Ginola

Nolberto Solano

Gary Speed

Peter Beardsley

Craig Bellamy

Les Ferdinand

Alan Shearer

Substitutes for Newcastle today are:

Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Yohan Cabaye, Robert Lee, Keith Gillespie, Andy Cole and Demba Ba.

Forget entertainment, that would be the minimum expected.

However, the football on show would be a joy to behold.

Yes it would mean three at the back, yes fitting in Bellamy, Shearer AND Ferdinand would be strange to say the least, especially with Peter Beardsley behind them.

Just think though of Ginola and Solano floating/drilling crosses in for them to feed off. Imagine if for some reason someone was having an off day, with Cole, Ba, Gillespie AND Cabaye waiting to come on.

You can juggle my side around and start Cabaye instead of Speed, or drop a striker for Lee. Go four at the back and start Janmaat instead of Bellamy if you like, there are many variations, but either way that’s my personal best 11 of the Premier league era.

No room sadly for Boumsong, Guivarch or Riviere . .

A game of opinions, leave your best ever Newcastle United 11 in the comments section below, or use Twitter and Facebook.

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