The Newcastle team to start against FC Chemnitzer in Chemnitz tonight gives a first start to 22 year-old new signing Romain Amalfitano.
The midfielder is part of a very young Newcastle line-up with chances being given to 20 year-old James Tavernier, 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid, 19 year-old Harris Vuckic and 20 year-old Sammy Ameobi, as well as to Amalfitano.
Rob Elliot gets a chance in goal to show how good he is, and veteran Steve Harper warms the bench, with number one goalkeeper Tim Krul still taking time off, after being part of the Dutch squad for the Euro 2012 tournament.
On the subs bench and likely to get a run-out is our other new signing – Gael Bigirimana from Coventry City – and it’s not surprising that manager Alan Pardew wants to take a look at some of Newcastle’s very promising youngsters tonight.
Also on the bench are some of Newcastle’s big guns like Demba Ba and Jonas Gutierrez, and Danny Simpson, who has today been linked with Reading, is also on the bench for tonight’s game.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Dan Gosling, Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano; Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba