Who should play when safety is confirmed?

Ranger in the danger zone?

Would you back Ranger, among others, to start?
With just a few matches left this season and safety almost in reach, who would you like to see play in the remaining games?

Should we stick with the players who have done so well this season and push on? With every Premier League position worth around £800,000 it would be the choice of the accountants no doubt. Or should the youngsters on the edge of the squad be brought in to see what they can do? If they are to be a part of our future then we’ll need to see what they are made of, and the only way that can happen is by playing them.

The likes of Shane Ferguson have done great when called upon and we also have lots of fringe players like Nile Ranger and both of the Taylor’s who all could do with more match experience. You never know, maybe Nile can get the goal that he badly needs to boost his confidence?! The ambition this season was to just to stay in the Premier League, and once this is guaranteed, and with Europe out of reach, this will be the ideal time to do look at some fringe benefits.

There are of course reasons not to do this. As mentioned earlier, the prize money on offer could play a part, but it would also be a confidence boost to players to see us finish high up and it would also boost the morale of the supporters who may consider purchasing season tickets next season if the club looks in good stead for the future.

There is also the point that supporters purchasing tickets for the matches may not want to see youngsters or fringe players. They pay full match ticket prices to see our top players and hope that they perform to the top of their ability. Would you be happy to pay £50 to travel to London to watch Newcastle play Chelsea and see the likes of Nile Ranger, Shane Ferguson and Danny Guthrie start instead of Jose Enrique, Chiek Tiote and Shola Ameobi?

So what would you like to see happen? Give the youngsters and fringe players that chance? Or stick with the experience and try to push as far up the Premier League table as possible?

Also, how great would it be to see Hatem Ben Arfa come back and give a few cameos on the pitch once again? We have all missed out on seeing that this season as much as we should have done.


243 thoughts on “Who should play when safety is confirmed?

  1. Scott Parker football writers footballer of the year, strange one that seeing as they are in a relegation spot and i dont think he has been as good this season as Chiek Tiote.
    Might have something to do with Martin Samuel of the Mail and Rob Shepherd being avid Hammers fans as i couldnt see the same thing happening if he was paying for a North East team.


  2. Indeed. My job back then was stacking tonnes of spuds by hand all day everyday so I was ultra fit. Like a wedge 😆

    Now the waist has caught up with the shouders 😉


  3. Jay…ya mean a reet vain ponce? 😆

    Toonsy..you brought the potatos and the wedges into it 😉


  4. Play the fringe lads, specifically the youngsters. Get’s them valuable experience which is very important over the long term.


  5. DJG – couldn’t agree more about Ranger, very over rated – he seems to play football with his shins. Send him out on loan to see if he can actually play the game and if not get rid.


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