The job for Newcastle this weekend doesnít get any harder than a road trip to Parramatta Stadium to take on Western Sydney Wanderers. A loss this weekend will not signal the end, but the club will have to improve a hell of lot if they are to make ground on the top six.
Newcastle is set to play three up front for an all out attack with Emile Heskey, Joel Griffiths and Adam Taggart all to start. Goals have been rare this season for the Jets, but Iím not sure playing three strikers is the answer. For mine, the midfield has been poor, they are the key to delivering opportunities for the forwards and when the service from the midfield is not great, then goals will not occur.
So who should stay and who should go? Although he has struggled for form, Id give James Brown another go, he has the talent but just needs confidence, and the best way to gain that is playing regularly. Ruben Zadkovich needs a rest, he gives a hundred percent every week but his decision making at times has not been the best. If his body can cope, I would start Michael Bridges in the midfield alongside James Brown. Then as the game gets older and Bridges gets tired, bring on one the young guns. Ben Kantarovksi is still out injured so he wonít play. Andrew Hoole or Mitch Oxborrow could be the answer in the latter stages.
But the midfield is not the only place Newcastle is having troubles, David Carney should start this weekend and Kew Jailens is sure to return but Id be prepared to leave him on the bench this weekend.†
So itís another big game for Newcastle this weekend. What are you thoughts? Is it time for drastic change or do the Jets continue with the same methods?