Ben Arfa must have a good chance of starting the game tomorrow at West Brom, but Alan Pardew has again said that the Frenchman still has to dislodge Moussa Sissoko or Yoan Gouffran from the starting eleven, and both have been excellent so far this season.
21 year-old Massadio Haidara - could get start tomorrow
But another player who may get a rare start at the Hawthorns is 21 year-old left back Massadio Haidara, who has been impressive when brought on as a sub a few times recently, including on Sunday for the last 10 minutes or so against the Gunners.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said in the Mirror tonight:
“I have got everyone fit and well and as I say, guys coming off the bench looking as if they are ready to go. With that in mind, I do not have too many problems.
“It is just about making sure we have enough energy and I actually thought both teams lacked a bit of energy on Sunday. As good a game as it was, I felt there was just a bit of tiredness in both teams.
“Massadio has come off the bench a couple of times and had two good cameos for us which bodes well and he is going to get some games this year. There is no doubt about his ability.”
“Over the next two games, all of my squad will come into the reckoning, whether they start of not, we will have to wait and see.”
It would be good to see what Massadio can do at West Brom tomorrow, and certainly the 21 year-old is turning out to be a top young player at Newcastle, and he’s made 13 appearances since signing on from Nancy in January, and he’s already played twice for the France U21 side.
And as Alan says above, he will get some games before the end of the season – maybe tomorrow?
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