May 10, 2011
Our 2 v 1 win over League Cup winners Birmingham City on Saturday finally confirmed what we have suspected for a while - we will be staying up comfortably.
You might think that it is slightly premature to write up a review player by player with two games remaining, but several of the players have insisted that they would look at renewing their contracts once we were officially safe - so the building starts now.
1. Steve Harper P18 Conceded 22
At 36 years of age, 'Harps' is not getting any younger. Fortunately we have a few excellent young goalkeepers waiting in the wings. Harper has put in some decent performances this season and has probably been our number one, but at times he has been slow to get down and has conceded a couple of goals because of this. He can also be FAR too relaxed - that is a good thing in terms of settling the back 4, but he is the only keeper I have ever seen shepherd the ball onto the inside of the post! I am not sure about Harper as the #1 next season.
SEASON RATING: 7
May 5, 2011
David McCreery has joined Twitter @DavidMccreery and has offered you the chance to put your questions to him via ESPN Soccernet.
David played 243 times for Newcastle from 1982-1989 whilst also winning 67 Caps for Northern Ireland - including featuring prominently in his nations legendary 1982 World Cup run and also in Mexico '86.