Alan Pardew has said that he will play his very best side for Thursday’s night’s game with Anzhi, but we wonder what Newcastle’s best team is these days?
Sylvain Marveaux in action against Anzhi last week
For starters neither Mathieu Debuchy or Yoan Gouffran are eligible for Thursday night – so they will not play.
So who will come in at right back for Debuchy, and up till now it’s been Danny Simpson, who has no future at Newcastle, since his contract runs out in June, and he will be leaving Newcastle asa free agent.
So we wonder if Pardew will play Davide Santon at right back and bring in Massadio Haidara at left back, where he’s played in the last two European games, and played very well too.
So that would have a back four of Santon Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa and Haidara.
For central midfield we are starting to mellow on Cheick Tiote, simply because he’s too indisciplined on the field, and he can become a liability for Newcastle – as he was in giving the penalty away on Sunday afternoon.
So for the defensive midfield position it could be Anita or Perch, with Vurnon Anita likely to get the start.
And then do we play Marveaux or Gutierrez on the left wing, with the Frenchman really pushing hard for a starting position, and he’s playing so well for Newcastle right now.
And we think Ben Arfa will be fit for Thursday night so he will be on the right wing – we hope he can start on the right wing.
So this could be the side Alan starts on Thursday night:
Santon Yanga-Mbiwa Taylor (S) Haidara
Ben Arfa Anita Cabaye (c) Marveaux
That’s a very strong side and for the game at Wigan on Sunday, Alan Pardew could bring in Simpson, Perch, Tiote, Gutierrez, Debuchy, Obertan and Gouffran.
What would your starting elev n be on Thursday night?
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