Davide Santon was on the plane yesterday to the Ukraine for our important second leg game against Metalist Kharkiv, and the big question is what kind of side will Alan Pardew put out tomorrow night.
Davide Santon – we’re feeling better
In the poll we are running on what side Alan should field – 66% think he should field his strongest side possible - and then we suppose he would need to play a weakened side against Southampton on Sunday – but maybe not.
If Alan Pardew does that and we beat the Saints then everything will be fine – but whatever happens tomorrow night – if we end up losing or even drawing to Southampton with a weakened side, the Newcastle manager is bound to face some criticism.
We keep being told that the Premier League is the top priority, and of course we must try to get away from the relegation zone just as soon as possible.
And Davide Santon says the players are really looking forward to tomorrow night’s game, and that the atmosphere in training is good.
This is what the 8 times capped Italian International said in the Shields Gazette:
“We’re feeling better.” “In training the atmosphere’s very good.” “We were sad for Yoan, but I hope he is better for the next game.” “He is a good character for us, and will be really important.”
That comment on Yoan is because of the gashed leg he picked up at Spurs, when he also scored his first goal for the club, but Yoan returned to training on Monday, and should be ready to start the game against Spurs on Sunday afternoon, which is good news.
Mathieu Debuchy also didn’t travel with the squad because he was not named in the Europa League squad, but the French international will also be fresh and ready to start the game against the Saints.
Two wins is what we want in these two games and then the mood on Tyneside will be sky high, and we don’t even need two wins – and a score draw will see us through tomorrow night.
Howay The Lads!!
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