Who should start at right back against Norwich?

Right back?
Right back?
I am one of those people who feel massively inconvenienced by International breaks, I feel my one day of escapism is a Saturday afternoon when I don a black and white shirt and cheer on my Club. Weekends without this merely leaves me pondering Newcastle’s next fixture rather than taking too much of an interest in The National team.

This weekend has been no different, as England went 2-0 down to Chile I was more concerned about our forthcoming fixture in which Norwich visit St James’ Park. My immediate attention was turned to the vacant right back slot that has been made available due to in form Mathieu Debuchy’s suspension that will rule him out of the fixture. The French international saw yellow for the fifth time in last weekends victory at White Hart Lane.

The right back has been in outstanding form for his club in the last few games and will be a big miss for the visit of Norwich. I think realistically we will see Davide Santon switch to right back with Dummett or Haidara slotting into the left back role. We also have Vernon Anita who is indeed very versatile and could play either left or right back if required, Yanga-Mbiwa has also played at full back for Newcastle this season.

Davide Santon has been the subject of criticism from some Newcastle fans, largely as the Italian doesn’t appear to have much of a left foot despite playing down the left hand side. His defending has been under scrutiny at times too, with many believing the youngster is good at going forward but struggles with his defensive work. It could be that Debuchy’s absence could open the door for Santon to play down the right hand side, which he may find a little more comfortable.

Vernon Anita can play full back happily so he could be another option for Alan Pardew. I recall Anita playing at right back when he came on against Aston Villa last season and looked very comfortable there. With the Dutchman able to play in a number of positions it could be that he becomes the new James Perch within the squad, the now departed Perch was Mr Versatile for Newcastle and plugged gaps all over the field.

Steven Taylor, who has missed the majority of the season with various injuries as well as suspension is another player that has played right back on a number of occasions. I remember Taylor played there away to Everton in a 2-2 draw during relegation season, he had a good game and got himself on the score sheet to boot. Steven’s fitness always appears to be a bit of a hindrance and I’m not actually too sure if he is available for next weekend. Off topic, the defender has also found himself in a spot of bother this week following an incident on Twitter.

If Santon is switched to right back it will of course then leave the left back slot vacant and you would think that the position would be filled by youngster Paul Dummett if not Haidara. As mentioned earlier Mbiwa has also played at left back for Newcastle this season and he actually looked quite steady there. Dummett saw himself quickly rise to fame following his goal scoring cameo against Liverpool last month. Paul however endured a rather difficult afternoon the next week at The Stadium of shite- a game we shall not speak of!

Personally I would opt of a back line of Santon- Willo- Colo- Yanga-Mbiwa against a Norwich. It’s a game I’m looking forward to, it’s always a pleasure to see Chris Hughton again. In fact I usually like to see Norwich do well for the sake of our former boss, but Saturday will be an exception. Let’s hope we can keep this excellent run going and build on the last two results.

What do you think? Who would you start?

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90 thoughts on “Who should start at right back against Norwich?

  1. Aussie – you’re in that 40% aren’t you?!. That’s why you find it acceptable!!.

    You and your kind are fecking destroy the Toon you set of freeloaders!!!!


  2. Sharpy-come on now lad don’t be silly. Sports Direct is far too classy a brand for Aussie to get involved in πŸ˜‰


  3. Newkie – aye but that fella has ideas above his station!. He also has a sick infatuation with Ashley – if he can’t be him, he can go into business with him


  4. Sharpy, I am taking no sides mate, I just find it laughable that some fans are getting upset about 40% of the SD stakeholders getting free advertising πŸ˜† Look I can see where all the Ashley hate is coming from but geting wound up over SD stakeholders is drawing the bow too far… πŸ˜† Look, hate away mate!! I actually enjoy the pitchfork operators on this blog πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  5. Aussie – I’m not an Ashley hater mate. I think he should change how he operates, but I’ve also been one of the ones saying we should be careful what we wish for.
    But that aside, I don’t think SD should get free advertising and I think it’s a disgrace that our commercial revenue has HALVED under Ashleys tenure. Regardless whether you hate him or support him, you have to agree that that’s not right mate.


  6. Sharpy, if I owned the club. I would do the same thing(free advertising).. who wouldn’t… people can say “not me” but they have not spent 100’s of millions of dollars like Ashley has..If you had spent a several 100 million on something, would you then go and charge yourself advertising fees???
    Regarding the lack of revenue.. I wouldn’t be pointing the finger at SD for the poor turn over.. I would point he finger at Lambias and his lack of vision and commercial business skills.. Sure Ashley has a say in what goes on and he is to blame for a large part but like I said, I find the anger over the free advertising for the shareholders laughable..It has nothing to do with them at all, they have no say in it… The lack of club revenue does not come down to free advertising at the ground.. It comes from a lack of good business people who can exploit the beast that is Newcastle Utd to good effect.. The failure behind that is a whole different arguement to what we are discussing now mate…


  7. Aussie – my original post mentioned both the advertising and commercial revenue, because I’m looking at the money coming into the club. It’s been a niggling since the comments of we can’t compete with clubs like Southampton.
    Ashley is now a major share holder in SD owning 61.7%. He recently sold 2.7% for Β£106m!!.
    That means that he DOESN’T own 38.3% or SD.
    If 2.7% equates to Β£106m, then 38.3% equates to alot more! (forgive my maths).
    Ashley is the out right sole owner of NUFC and has a responsibility to develop and improve the club. I do not see the issue in charging SD a reduced fee for advertising, but if he does then he should be selling that space to a company who would pay.

    If it were free advertising of the Bobby Robson foundation or another charity, I would have no problem with such an act of kindness.
    But not charging SD is feathering his and the shareholders nest of company making big profits, at the expense of a football club who’s commercial revenue has halved under his ownership. It only turns a profit thanks to huge TV revenue, which potentially hides bigger issues.

    Trust me mate, I don’t question Ashley because he hasn’t signed players or because of Wonga. But I think it’s a very fair question – is ours a well ran club?
    Does Ashley recruit the best he can possibly attract, or does he install those he knows won’t give him grief and will go along with what he says without question?


  8. Sharpy, all valid points… but let’s say we got 10m for the SD advertising… that is great and we have more revenue. Everyone still hates Ashley but at least we are getting paid.. however the fact remains that even with that extra money, we are painfully short of where we need to be for club generated revenue.. There are bigger problems with our money generating capabilities than some free advertising that SD is receiving… We need a CEO/Chairman with some real vision first and foremost! Someone who can grow the business/club even with Ashleys dark shadow looming above it…


  9. Aussie – I totally agree mate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not daft enough to think advertising fees solve our problems. There will be plenty to put right, this is just an obvious one.
    I agree that a Chairman is needed to get the running of the club right. The trouble is that I agree we needed a Director of Football to oversee the transfer windows as well and Ashley got JFK!. That’s the point of my 2nd question – would he get the best chairman possible or would he get one that wouldn’t disagree with him or point out where the problems are and how to fix them.


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