Possible NUFC Starting Line-Up 2011/12
‘Le Toon’ are set to fly home from their American adventure on Wednesday 27th July and return to complete their pre-season schedule with friendly games against Leeds United and Fiorentina. Also, with just over a month until the end of the transfer window, the hope is that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will be closing in on one or two new signings to add to the current crop of players *cough* centre forward *cough*.
With a few weeks to go until the beginning of the new season, I thought it would be a good time to put together how I think the NUFC’s starting eleven should line up.
This article was written on 27/07/2011 – NUFC are playing against MLS side Columbus Crew as I write this article.
Tim Krul – The young goalkeeper is now a full Dutch international and holds a great deal of potential. Regular first team football is needed to continue his development, however I am a fan of the loyal Steve Harper and would like to see him given some role this season while also working closely with Krul which could develop into a coaching role at the club.
Danny Simpson – Currently the best right back at the club, always looking to play the ball ahead and at a young age (& with a solid season of progression) could be a part of the team’s defence for seasons to come.
Fabricio Coloccini – Recently unveiled as the new team captain, fan favourite Colo was one of the easiest choices for the NUFC starting line up.
Steven Taylor – Born in London, bred on Tyneside, I class Steven Taylor as a top Geordie lad with a strong defensive insight. Decent infront of goal (headers), with a strong finish to the end of last season, ‘Saylor’ could build a good Premier League defensive partenership with Coloccini. At 25 and held in high regards at the club, surely a good shout for a future NUFC captain.
Jose Enrique – Despite a controversial past few months at the club, Jose Enrique is still a Newcastle United player and would easily walk into the starting eleven of most Premier League side (if not all).
Joey Barton – Joey’s consistent ability shines through in every game he plays. He also holds leadership qualities that benefit the team and is good in front of goal. With contract talks on hold, I hope Joey plays the season out and can come to an agreement with the club next summer. A good season for NUFC could be the catalyst for Joey Barton to sign a new contract. Dan Gosling – Once injuries have passed, I would expect the former Everton man to play an increasingly bigger part in Pardew’s new look squad.
Yohan Cabaye – Recently signed from French champions Lille, Cabaye is described as a ‘box-to-box midfielder’, who plays with flair. Another prospect for the club and can see him forming a good partnership with Cheik Tiote.
Cheik Tiote – After signing from FC Twente for £3.5m, Tiote has been a gem of a signing. Being linked with the likes of Chelsea highlights his ability. Top class solid midfielder.
Jonas Gutierrez – Spiderman still has more to offer NUFC, his work rate is sublime but has a lot to build on. He can be entertaining to watch, with his Argentinian flair and an off and on the pitch partnership with Jose Enrique and Captain Colo, he can play a large part in the team this season. Sylvain Marveaux – Another new signing and part of the 2011/2012 French revolution. Highly rated by NUFC scout Graham Carr and has impressed in pre-season.
Hatem Ben Arfa – Wonder signing was all I could say last summer when he joined on loan, if he can maintain fitness (currently injured), he will shine at NUFC. I’d love to see him play in and around the striker, rather than in midfield. He can shoot from distance (as proven against Everton) and with pace and flair, would create chances for any frontman while putting away a few himself.
Demba Ba – The former West Ham forward was a good coup in my opinion. Despite ‘high signing on fees’, he joined on a free. With 7 Goals in 12 games for the Hammers last season, he’s the top trump on strike rate stats, within a thin NUFC striking force.
The NUFC squad at current is thin, 2 or 3 new signings are needed, a striker or 2 and a left back to replace Enrique, who is likely to leave before the beginning of the new season. Midfield is our strongest point, with a number of options in all positions. I think it is also important for the club to develop and nuture its academy players, the youth coming through are showing promise.
As the days progress, I will update my team with the players NUFC have signed (hopefully) and continue to evolve my NUFC starting line up.
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