Two of our summer signings Siem de Jong and Jack Colback have been handed starting roles in the game tonight at Oldham Athletic, with young Jak Alnwick in goal – with both senior goalkeepers Tim Krul and Rob Elliot not back from their summer break yet.
Siem de Jong in training – captains the side tonight
17 year-old promising Geordie youngster Adam Armstrong also gets a starting position in tonight’s side.
Ayoze Perez is on the subs bench and could also see his first action in a Newcastle shirt tonight, and Haris Vuckic is also on the bench, but we could see Haris moved out this summer, after only a so-so loan spell at Rotherham United earlier this year.
Siem de Jong captains the side tonight in his very first appearance for Newcastle and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – who is likely to leave Newcastle this summer, starts in central defense partnering local lad Steven Taylor.
Here is the side that Alan Pardew has announced for our first pre-season friendly game:
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Jak Alnwick; Vurnon Anita, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Paul Dummett; Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Yoan Gouffran, Siem de Jong (c), Rolando Aarons; Adam Armstrong
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Massadio Haidara, Remie Streete, Lubo Satka, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Ayoze Perez
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Written while on vacation in Newcastle, England.