At the point of Ryan Taylor’s withdrawal against Queen Park Rangers, Newcastle United had 12 players missing. R Taylor joined S Taylor along with Abeid, Riviere, Coloccini, Aarons, Obertan, Tiote, de Jong, Santon, Good and Jonas on the list.
News from Pardew’s press conference ahead of the weekend trip to West Ham is that players are starting to return to training.
Considering the lengthy list it is a testament to the players and the manager that we have managed to win six games on the spin in all competitions.
Coloccini, Tiote, Steven Taylor and Riviere are all in with a chance of playing a part on Saturday- the question is, should they?
Coloccini as captain and in excellent form before missing last weeks game should come back in. He is the best defender at the club.
Steven Taylor played well before his injury but Dummett’s form at centre back means that Taylor will probably be back on bench duty at the weekend.
If it weren’t for the injury Abeid suffered on international duty Tiote would not be walking back in to the team. I would even suggest that if Raylor had not been injured Tiote wouldn’t be straight back in.
Riviere started the season as the club’s first choice striker but in his absence, Cissé and in particular Ayoze have performed brilliantly and have seen the Frenchmen drop down the pecking order.
When a club is on a run of form as good as Newcastle United at the moment players have to earn their places in the team; be it through appearances as subs or taking advantage of injuries and suspensions like those players who have stepped up during the last six or seven weeks. You can’t have enough good footballers at the club though and this new found depth can only be a positive for the busy winter period.