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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
  Newcastle United - My Squad Analysis

If our players can stay fit we have a helluva team, unfortunately aside from Midfield, not an incredibly deep squad though...

Clearly Shearer and Owen, Both England internationals, they'd play together at any of the top clubs, together they should bang in 50 goals this season... Shola on the bench..., Chopra back in the reserves where be belongs.

Luque, Emre, Parker, Dyer - Parker has done magnificently since he's come, I think he's finally an upgrade over Speed, even when he was at his best, he's very strong in the tackle, great engine, great passer of the ball. Dyer when he's fit (unfortunately about 30% of the time), can terrorize defenses... Emre looks like a great buy, very busy, very creative, and Luque for me is a bit of a unknown, but has international experience with Spain, looks to have a good left foot... Then on the bench we have Jenas, England International, Bowyer who I really like, gives 110%, can score goals, Milner who shows some promise, he has pace, can play on either wing, Faye who's a reliable squad holding midfielder, N'Zogbia who looks like a good prospect down the left. Also our latest free signing Lee Clarke, again seems a reliable squad player...

Carr, Parker, Boumsong, Babayaro - I'm satisfied with this group, but I think it's in the fullback positions that we're short of cover, I have no idea why they sold Aaron Hughes for £1m to Villa, he was someone you could slot into any of those positions and he'd do the job, perhaps he's thinking that Taylor will now fill that position. Bramble seems to do well when playing with Boumsong, I haven't seen Craig Moore play yet, but if he's the captain of the Ozzie national team he can't be that bad...

This squad of players SHOULD finish 5th or 6th if they perform, possible even challenging Liverpool for 4th if they excel, but unfortunately it's not nearly that simple, but at least with Owen, Emre, Parker and Luque we appear to have invested in proven class and QUALITY which gives us the possibility to do something this season... I also think Sheppard is showing some confidence in Souness... Also I'm OK now with the 1 point from a possible 12, I mean not many teams will get anything off of Arsenal and Man United, (and in many ways we were really unlucky not too!) Bolton are tricky too and West Ham are obviously full of confidence at this point, so it's not a huge deal, clearly we NEED to get 3 points at Fulham, but I'm confident that we will, I'll be there for crying out loud!!!


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