As expected Fabricio Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita and the great Papiss Cisse all start at St. Mirren, but there’s a bit of a surprise with Dan Gosling getting a starting berth.
Dan almost joined Crystal Palace last week, after a fee had been agreed, but it seemed that Palace messed him around a little for a couple of days, after he had completed his medical eight days ago, and so he pulled out of the deal last Wednesday and returned to Newcastle.
And so much for the media reports that Gosling would be shunned when he returned to Newcastle – he gets a start tonight – and it’s a good opportunity for the 23 year-old England U21 International to show what he can do for the side.
And as expected Paul Dummett gets another start at left back against the side he was on loan to last season, and Paul did really well north of the border, and that has given him a big chance at Newcastle in this pre-season, and he’s played extremely well so far and seems to be taking that chance – good for him.
And Conor Newton was also at St. Mirren, and got rave reviews earlier this year, and good man-management by Alan Pardew means that Connor is on the bench tonight, and he’s almost certain to get on in the second half, and he should get a great welcome from the St. Mirren fans.
Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote will be in central midfield, and Papiss Cisse will be the lone striker up front in a modified 4-5-1 formation.
18 year-old local Shields lads Remie Streete (South Shields) and Adam Campbell (North Shields) also make the bench tonight, and 21 year-old Sammy Ameobi gets another start for Newcastle.
It should be a good game tonight, against a club who also wear the black and white stripes, and the Scottish Premier League club are forming a great relationship with Newcastle United.
St Mirren – tba
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote; Hatem Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Remie Streete, Mike Williamson, Michael Richardson, Conor Newton, Haris Vuckic, Yoan Gouffran, Adam Campbell
Referee: John Beaton