19 year -old defender Shane Ferguson will start his first Premier league game ever this afternoon against Wolves, as Jose Enrique has failed his fitness test.
It will be a tough debut for the Irishman, although he was the Man of the Match in the last outing at Stoke City, and looked very accomplished for one so young.
And as expected 23 year-old Danny Guthrie gets a chance to start in the defensive midfield position, in place of the suspended Cheick Tiote.
There are not many surprises in this side, and it’s the one we named yesterday in our Match Preview.
But James Tavernier, who is back from his successful loan spell at Gateshead, and is named on the bench alongside another teenager, Nile Ranger, who we expect to get a run-out at some stage this afternoon.
And there is no Stephen Ireland, even on the bench, and we assume Alan Pardew does not want to risk him today, because he is barred from playing against his club, Aston Villa, next week.
It’s a pay as you go deal with Ireland, so Newcastle are not losing any money on the deal, but it would have been nice to have seen this lad play, as it’s now been over two months since he arrived on Tyneside.
For Wolves, Jamie O’Hara, on loan from Spurs, starts this game and could be a goal threat, and Wolves’ two young wingers, Adam Hammill and England International Matt Jarvis, are also in the starting line up.
Ebanks-Blake is drafted into the side in place of the injured Kevin Doyle.
This is a very important game for Newcastle, and a win would be fantastic, and only the second win in 11 games for the Magpies.
A defeat would be just terrible – a complete nightmare – and in fact too hard to take for most Newcastle fans – if the truth be told.
So on that last note of desperation …….. Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle (4-4-2): Harper; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Ferguson; Barton, Guthrie, Nolan (c), Gutierrez; Ameobi, Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul, Tavernier, Perch, Campbell, Taylor, Ranger, Kuqi
Wolves:(4-5-1):Hennessey; Foley, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi; Hammill, Milijas, Henry (c), O’Hara, Jarvis; Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Subs: Hahnemann, Craddock, Mancienne,Jones, Kightly, Ward, Fletcher,