Pardew to spring big selection surprise against Manchester United
Alan Pardew has indicated that he is going to make changes to his team to face Manchester United.
The Newcastle manager saying that he needs his team to pass the ball better and to keep possession.
Pards saying that his team needs to score more goals, to pass to players on the same team and not lose the ball as much…
“I will have to try to set up the team with more passing options maybe. A change of personnel? Yes, possibly.
“Possession for this team is going to have to improve in 2015 but for the man in the street, the obvious thing is goalscoring. So those two areas need improving.”
When he talks of making changes and players who can perform the tricky task of passing to their teammates, what are his options?
The bench against Sunderland featured Haidara, Riviere, Cabella, Armstrong, Cisse and…Williamson.
In terms of being decent technical players you would have to think he would have Cabella at the top of his list but Pardew always seems reluctant to play him.
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I think though that the Newcastle manager is going to spring a much bigger surprise (as well as possibly a few smaller ones) and catapult Vurnon Anita back into the starting 11 after ignoring him totally in recent times.
Anita actually had one of his best ever games for Newcastle at Old Trafford last season and was a key part in Newcastle ending the game with 53% possession.
Obviously that day he had players such Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye alongside him who would take the ball and responsibility.
Which is really a big part of Newcastle’s recent problems, players such as Yoan Gouffran simply passing the buck instead of trying to create something.
Gouffran might not lose the ball much personally but he and others end up passing it backwards to defenders and then eventually Newcastle lose the ball when the goalkeeper has to kick it long – all of that leading back to the likes of Gouffran not taking that responsibility further up the pitch.
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