Alan Pardew’s job may be on the line in the next few games, and he has to get Newcastle back to their winning ways soon, so the manager will make at least two changes from the team that started the game at Everton on Monday night.
Davide Santon – starting place under pressure
One good point is that we have some players pushing for a first team start – and after last week’s Leeds United game we thought Sammy Ameobi, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote all looked good.
And it could be that three of those four players will start at Cardiff City, with only Sammy missing out.
This is what Alan Pardew has said in the local press:
“Fortunately, there are a few players who have played their way into the team in the second half.” “There’s no doubt about that.”
“We showed some pride, and that we’ve got good players at this club,” “We have to make sure we put a team out that get us a result at Cardiff.”
Mike Williamson will keep his place, after playing well in the second half on Monday, after he came on for the inconsistent Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and we’d like to see local lad Paul Dummett get a chance at left back in place of Davide Santon.
And with Dummett doing well every time he has played in a Newcastle shirt this season, now may be the time to give the 22 year-old local lad his big chance.
So we expect Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon to be on the bench on Saturday.
Midfielder Yohan Cabaye had a very good second half at Everton, and he scored a great goal and he will start in midfield so it’s two from Anita, Tiote or Sissoko who will make up the midfield three – and that’s a tough choice for the manager.
Pardew must get the team right for Saturday, and somehow has to manage a very inconsistent Newcastle side, which on Monday looked absolutely hopeless in that first half, and then in the second half we were the better side and pulled two goals back.
What do you think?
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