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.

Possible NUFC Starting Line-Up 2011/12


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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  • I totally agree with your line up bar the goalkeeper. Frazer Forster should not be over looked. He is the true future No.1 at NUFC. Krul makes silly mistakes and Harper is getting to slow.

  • Love the comment about Danny Simpson being the best right back at the club – pretty much by default that really isnt it seeing as we dont really have another one rather than being any sort of compliment!!

    I think the guy is a liability and if we are to progress he needs to be replaced or at least fix a couple of massive flaws in his game the main one being his constant backing off.

    That 11 looks decent and I wouldnt argue with it and I think that could be very competative but the squad definitely needs some depth adding to it as the chances of that 11 being available every game is obviously slim.

  • I think Gosling will be a regular starter.

    Jonas may have a great work-rate but he has no end-product.
    He can’t cross and he can’t shoot.

    Gosling to start – Jonas on the bench by October at the latest.

  • I notice that you have gone for the classic 4 – 6 – 0 formation with 6 midfielders.
    Personally I would try to put one forward on the pitch.

    You refer to Demba Ba as being a coupe – persoanlly I thought the V8 E Type jag was a good coupe

  • Mike WIlliamson is twice the player Steve Taylor is. He should be Colo’s partner. He is much more assured and is a much better partner.

  • I think Pardew will go 4-2-3-1, particularly away from home. Gosling will be a regular starter, and will likely partner Tiote as the two anchoring midfielders. The attacking three will probably start off with Barton right, Cabaye central, and Marveaux left. With Ben Arfa fit he will switch with Cabaye, who will fight Barton and Gosling for the two remaining slots. Jonas to cover Marveaux. These things are never clear cut anyway as it’s unlikely they will all be fit at the same time.

    He may well switch Ben Arfa to the left and play two strikers (if we have two) in some games in a traditional 4-4-2. Taylor definitely gets my vote over Williamson.

  • I don’t think it’s the size of the squad that’s the problem; it’s the quality. The players you mention are all top players and we have some good young ones coming through. But at the moment we have Routledge, Perch, Smith,Xisco and Ranger (plus arguably Shola, R Taylor and Loven) who are not in my opinion premier league standard. In addition Jose clearly wants to go and should therefore be shipped out immediately and a replacement signed as he has decided to be a disruptive influence. If this lot could be replaced by decent squad players I’d be more optimistic. And regardless of all that we badly need that other quality striker – and fast.

  • @ Archie Brand – Demba Ba is clearly a striker so there isnt 6 midfielders on there, there is 5 with Ben Arfa likely to play off him (or whoever it is).

  • Josh,

    From what I can gather from many articles and Web sites I have read from the end of last season, I think in the main we will set up with a 4-3-3 formation.

    If we have no injuries I think we will set up like this.





    Subs: Jonas, Gosling, Harper, Vuckic, Willo, Fergie, Tavernier, Best, Ameobi 1 & 2, Abeid

    If we can get in Erdinc and cover for Jose (Not Bad)

  • I think newcastle need to get a striker in…

    How does Ashley expect Nufc to compete for europe or stay in this league we have lost
    our 2 top scorers in Carroll and Nolan why?

    Both wanted new deals with both wantin 50000 pw not a lot compared to some players

    How can we make a formation with no real out and out strikers

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