Pardew Makes Some Tough Decisions For Europa League

Newcastle have revised their squad for the Europa League, now that new players have arrived in January.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 98

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – will play in Europa League

Some players no longer with Newcastle have been removed from the list like Demba Ba and Xisco, and some young players on loan have also been removed such as Brad Inman, Medhi Abeid, and Conor Newton.

AAnd three of our five new players last month have been included included and they are Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massamio Haidara.

But the suprise is that French International Mathieu Debuchy has missed out despite being eligible, but Newcastle ere restricted to only being able to include three new players.

Pardew will obviously be playing Mapou Yanga=Mbiwa at center-back and Haidara at left back for the European games, and since Mathieu Debuchy is playing in every single league game, it looks like Danny Simpson will get games in the Europa League before he leaves as a free agent in the summer.

It’s really a way for the Newcastle manager to start playing Yanga=Mbiwa at center-back and Haidara iat left back n the Newcastle side, and in that way the decisions make some sense.

Yoan Gouffran has already played against Newcastle in the Europa League for Bordeaux, and so he is ineligible, but players who have played in the Champions League – like Yanga-Mbiwa – remain eligible.

Maybe because some teams, like Chelsea, have dropped down into the Europa League after playing in the Champions League earlier in the season – so there’s already a precedent for players playing in both competitions.

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:

You can also reach Ed at