Alan Pardew has said today that one or two players are under pressure for their place in the starting eleven on Monday night at Everton, after the good performance on Wednesday night where Sammy Ameobi, Paul Dummett, Yoan Gouffran and Mike Williamson all had good games.
Alan Pardew – likely to make one or two changes for Monday night
Alan Pardew is still furious about the way we gave away the lead twice against Hull City on our last league game, and our defensive frailties showed through once again.
But a clean sheet on Wednesday night helped to steady the ship a little, but now we need to push on from there and try to get a good result at Goodison Park.
Alan Pardew will presumably give a press conference for the Everton game later today, but he has been telling his players we cannot have any more slip-ups like against Hull:
“I think one or two are under pressure on Monday night.” “What I’ve got is players in good form and that’s a good thing.” “We just have more options. I’m able to make changes.”
Paul Dummett is putting some pressure on Davide Santon for the left back position, and Cheick Tiote is now fully fit and is in a battle with Vurnon Anita for his midfield place.
And with Sammy Ameobi playing well out on the left wing and Yoan Gouffran looking great against Leeds, both will be pushing for a start up front, or at least a sub appearance in the second half.
And it seems that Papiss Cisse is most under pressure of the current front three – although he did score a good goal against Leeds – and Ben Arfa needs to improve on his defensive play, where he was caught lacking against Hull City.
And it could be that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is under pressure from big Mike Williamson at the back, after Mike looked comfortable alongside Colo on Wednesday night.
We’re not sure what the team will be for Monday night, and while Alan Pardew may give the starting eleven against Hull one more chance, we’d be surprised if he doesn’t make one or two changes.
What’s your team for Monday night?
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