Replace Coloccini but don’t sacrifice Jack Colback and Janmaat
When Fabricio Coloccini was sent off on Sunday, John Carver made wholesale changes as he moved Jack Colback to left-back, Ryan Taylor over to the right and Janmaat into the middle.
Newcastle actually looked a bit better in that final hour hour but I think there is a big danger of believing that it was the moving around of players that improved things.
I think Everton definitely took their foot off the gas, with a two goal lead and the opposition down to ten men it is little wonder they thought they could cruise through to the final whistle.
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In addition, the ludicrous decision by John Carver to leave out both Perez and Cabella was summed up by their contrbution once thay came on in that second half.
Whatever option you put alongside Mike Williamson at centre-back is going to be lkess than ideal, but why also disrupt the parts of the team that have been our strongest performers?
Ryan Taylor has done ok at left-back so keep him there unless Massadio Haidara is available.
More importantly, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback have not only been Newcastle’s best two outfield players, they also have the best engines.
The Dutch full-back gets up and down the right hand side all day, while Jack Colback is non-stop in the midfield, anchoring them at centre-back and left-back would be a massive mistake.
John Carver needs to pick somebody to play alongside Williamson for these three matches and stick with them.
To an extent I don’t really care who it is, as there is no obvious choice, we just have to pick one and back them!
Lubomir Satka is 19 and yet to appear in the Premier League, only one brief substitute appearance to his name in the FA Cup against Leicester.
The thing is though, you’ll only find out if he’s good enough if he gets a chance, I know Arsenal, Sunderland and Liverpool are a daunting trio of matches but with Premier League safety all but assured, why not give it a go?
It could be the making of him and a great bonus for going into next season.
My second choice would be Jonas Gutierrez, committed and experienced he would give it everything.
If Newcastle are going to make any kind of a game of it, we need our remaining decent players on the pitch and in their correct positions.
Interesting to see what John Carver does.
Any other suggestions from anybody out there?
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