I’m not sure if it is a good thing or not that we don’t have a midweek match. The trouble is, once you are at the bottom of the table with matches in hand, it’s quite difficult to ‘move on up’, as M People might say. It’s looking increasingly unlikely that there will be any player movement before the next game. Quite what is going on with Nicky Shorey is anybody’s guess. Rumour is that Eggert Magnusson wants to sign him but Curbishley is ambivalent. Indeed, it’s interesting that the two of them seem to have some rather different ideas about the future. I’m told that Magnusson was none too pleased by Curbishley’s suggestion that a finish of 11th or 12th place would mean a successful season. He wants Top 6 and if he doesn’t get it Curbs may well get his P45. It’s also said that Curbishley wasn’t too keen on signing Bellamy but the chairman persuaded him.
Anyway, let’s look at Saturday’s team and speculate on changes for the weekend…
Robert Green – 100% safe!
Anton Ferdinand – Suggest is replaced by Collins or Gabbidon
Matthew Upson – Safe
George McCartney – Safe because there is no alternative
Jonathan Spector – probably safe, but I’d like to see Pantsil given a runout
Mark Noble – His performance has to be a one off, surely
Lee Bowyer – Must be dropped. maybe Parker will be ready
Luis Boa Morte – 100% sure to be replaced by Etherington
Freddie Ljungberg – 100% safe
Bobby Zamora – Will be replaced by Ashton
Craig Bellamy – Safe