I know this may seem a bit of a downhearted article, but do not take it that way.
It’s not who I think we’ll lose, or who we should sell, or who’s going to be sold or anything like that, it’s basically who do you think our most influential players are.
At the minute we’ve got a solid 20 players or so, and once you get past them you’re onto youngsters or players you wouldn’t want to see play for your Sunday league team, ahem, Mr Smith. I’m sure everyone’s views are going to be divided, but hopefully this should cause a little bit of a debate.
I’ve got a few in my mind who I really wouldn’t like us to lose, and players I think we’d massively miss, there’s about 10 actually, but I’m going to narrow it down to the very best.
Let’s start from the back, a certain Tim Krul has been doing the business for about 8 months now, and I can’t imagine him being dropped anytime soon. In the summer there were question marks over who’d be the number 1, Krul got it, and he’s really took his chance. We’d really struggle without Krul and we’d be at least 6 points worse off this season without his brilliant saves. Sometimes goalkeepers aren’t that difficult to replace, but it’s down to confidence and Tim has all the confidence in the world at the minute, and I’d dread to see him injured or leave.
The next player is our captain fantastic, Fabricio Coloccini, since his spell in the Championship with us he’s been a revelation and he really leads by example. He organises the defence brilliantly and with Steven Taylor out injured there’s going to be more onus on Coloccini to step up to the plate and to perform even better than he’s already doing. Without Coloccini at the weekend we looked a bit lost, thankfully it looks like he may be back for the Swansea game, and Pardew, GET THAT BLOODY DEAL SORTED.
The midfielder I’d least like us to lose is Yohan Cabaye, some may be surprised by that, but I’ll give you my reasons. Look at how well we performed in the midfield against the big boys without Cheik Tiote, Cabaye and Guthrie ran the show against Man Utd and really looked the part. Cheik has been missed, but we’ve done well with Cabaye and I feel we’d miss him more.
Cheik is a ball winner, that’s his game, win it back and give it to someone who can play. There’s plenty of them about, I’m not saying I’d like to lose Tiote, not at all, because his partnership with Cabaye was flourishing just before injury struck, but it wouldn’t be as bad as losing our ball player, Yohan. If Tiote was too leave we should look at the likes of Youssuf Mulumbu from West Brom or Beram Kayal of Celtic who are both good players in the centre of the park, who wouldn’t cost the earth.
Anyway, back to Yohan. He links the midfield and the attack brilliantly, he plays the ball in places which seem impossible and he seems to be able to play deep or bomb forward, he’s the all-round versatile midfield player, it’s a shame there’s not two of him, so one could sit and one could go forward, that’s why I feel we’d miss him more.
Last but not least, the magnificent Demba Ba, who is now starting show his class after Ramadan. Fans were quick to write off Demba, obviously because we didn’t spend 20 million on him he was useless, but once he finished fasting he’s really shown what he can do. With 11 goals in 14 Premier League games for Newcastle he’s fast proving to be many people’s favourite player on Tyneside, and in my opinion he’s the best striker we’ve had since that half decent striker called Alan Shearer.
Without Demba Ba we’d really struggle up front, he’s quick, he’s strong, he finishes most of the chances that come his way and he’s streets ahead of our other strikers. Some people will say there are plenty of strikers out there, but not like Ba, and certainly not in our price range.
He’s got everything and I’m very surprised that he wasn’t picked up by someone better in the summer, it’s probably only his dodgy knees that denied him a move to a team in Europe. Thankfully his dodgy knees have been fine so far and will be in the future, touch wood. **races into the dining room to find some bloody wood**
I’d say all of them players were very important and I’d be distraught if we lost any of them to be honest, but Fabricio Coloccini and Demba Ba would be the main two for me. We cannot afford to lose another captain, on the field we’re looking like a team, and that cannot be broken up again.
As for Demba, we need his goals, and at the level we are at the minute, we’d not be able to buy someone as good as him. Losing Andy Carroll looked a real bad deal at the time, but now I’m glad about that, who wants a 6 foot+ greasy overrated Kevin Davies wannabe? When you can have Demba Ba, a striker with a bit of class.
Who could you not take leaving the club?