As we half expected Haris Vuckic gets another start this afternoon against Fiorentina at St. James’ Park.
The Slovenian has had an excellent pre-season and could well be coming through big time for Newcastle over the coming season – we certainly hope so.
Tim Krul as expected starts in goal, with Fraser Forster on the bench, since Steve Harper has a knee injury, and the back four is Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, captain Fabricio Coloccini and want away Jose Enrique.
18 year-old Haris Vuckic – starts this afternoon
Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez all start with young Vuckic in midfield, and a surprise up front with Leon Best partnering Peter Lovenkrands.
Youngsters James Tavernier, Nile Ranger and sammy Ameobi are ion the bench.
Newcastle United: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Steven Taylor; Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Haris Vuckic, Jonas Gutierrez; Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best.
Substitutes: Fraser Forster, James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor, Mike Williamson, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Nile Ranger.
Fiorentina: Artur Boruc, Lorenzo de Silvestri, Manuel Pasqual, Valon Behrami, Alessandro Gamberini, Cesare Natali, Romulo, Stevan Jovetic, Riccardo Montolivo, Andrea Lazzari, Alberto Gilardino.
Substitutes: Norberto Murara, Cristiano Piccini, Felipe, Marco Romizi, Santos Matos, Amidu Salifu, Marco Marchionni, Adem Ljajic, Khouma Babacar, Luca Lezzerini.