The big news this week is that both Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy are back in training and are expected to start the game today against Swansea.
Mathieu Debuchy – back today
Moussa Sissoko is also back running, and he should be available for our game at the Emirates a week on Monday, which is our next game.
Davide Santon had done his hamstring in again, and it looks like he will be out for the season, and Ben Arfa will not make this game.
This is what Pardew has said about having the two Frenchmen back:
“It’s pleasing to have Remy in and around training again, and Debuchy as well,” “I think he is an important player in terms of his personality as well as his playing ability.”
“That’s a big boost in terms of their experience at this level. It’s nice to see them back. With the World Cup not far around the corner, it’s important they get the time in now.”
Alan Pardew will need to decide whether Newcastle keep the back three he used at Stoke last week, or go back to a more regular back four, with Debuchy now being available.
However, one thing he could do is to use Mathieu as a right wing back today – because we need more threat up front – and we need to score if we are going to win.
So this could be a possible starting line-up today in a 3-5-2 formation:
Taylor (S) Williamson Coloccini (c)
Debuchy Tiote Anita Gosling Gouffran
Subs: Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Dummett Armstrong Marveaux Ameobi (Sh) de Jong
There was news this week that Pardew could start young Adam Armstrong today, and we suppose that could happen, and Shola Ameobi could be used up front in place of Cisse, and help take some weight off the returning Loic Remy.
What would be your team today?
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