Alan Pardew has named a strong line-up for the game against Hartlepool United tonight, with Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Shola Ameobi all in the starting line up.
Youngsters James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano are also in the starting line-up and Hatem Ben Arfa is on the bench, and the French International could see some playing time in the second half.
But some of Newcastle’s top players are not even on the bench, including Yohan Cabaye, and will no doubt be fully involved in the game at Cardiff City this coming Saturday afternoon.
New signing Curtis Good is also on the bench, and is likely to get on in the second half tonight.
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, Baldwin, Hartley, Horwood, Franks, Walton, Sweeney, Monkhouse, James, Howard.
Subs: Murray, Luscombe, Holden, Poole, Tuck, Wignall.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Steve Harper; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, James Tavernier; James Perch, Gael Bigirimana; Romain Amalfitano, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux; Shola Ameobi (c)
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Ryan Taylor, Curtis Good, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan