If anybody thought that Dan Gosling has a future on Tyneside, that’s probably not going to happen, as Dan hasn’t made the 18 man squad for the game at Manchester City tomorrow night, which will be the final game in the first round of games in the Premier League this season.
Steven Taylor – will he get star tomorrow night?
And two expected results today, with Tottenham beating Crystal Palace at Selhust Park 1-0 with a second half penalty from new boy Roberto Soldado, although Palace looked a decent team and gave Spurs a good game.
And Chelsea easily beat Hull City 2-0 with two first half goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard, but Hull made a game of it in the second half, and manager Steve Bruce will be well pleased with the performance of his side.
And in the 18 man squad for Newcastle is Davide Santon, who was reported yesterday as being a doubt for this game, but Yanga-Mbiwa could play there – but no place for Geordie lad Paul Dummett in the squad.
The rest of the squad is basically as expected, with Gabby Obertan making the squad:
Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko, Anita, Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran, Cisse, Marveaux.
Newcastle will probably start the following team tomorrow night:
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Santon
Ben Arfa Cabaye Sissoko Tiote Gutierrez
What would your starting eleven be?
It’s a toss up between Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa as to who partners Coloccini in central defense, and Mapou is also an excellent left-back and could even be challenging Davide Santon for the start at left back.
Not sure what formation Alan Pardew will play but it’s like to be some variation of 4-5-1 with Papiss Cisse up front as the lone striker.
But the bench will be strong:
Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Anita Gouffran Obertan Marveaux Ameobi (Sh)
In fact that 18 man squad is strong, and will be even stronger when Loic Remy is fit, but Joe Kinnear still has to deliver another top striker in the next 15 days.
And from what we’ve heard from readers who have seen Juventus striker Alessandro Matri play regularly in Italy – the Italian would seem to be a good addition to the Newcastle squad for just £6M – and we have it on good authority that Newcastle can actually afford that fee. .
Matri turns 29 years old tomorrow.
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