Newcastle are in action tonight at Hillsborough, when we take on Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, but manager Alan Pardew is likely to rest most of our senior players and keep them fresh for the two games in Germany over the weekend, and take this opportunity to give some of our youngsters an opportunity.
17 year-old Adam Armstrong – after scoring down under last week
Senior players such as Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Siem de Jong are not expected to make the trip south today, but new boy Remy Cabella could make an appearances, after only just returning to training this week from his extended break due to being part of the French squad in the World Cup.
This is what manager Alan Pardew has said today:
“Having just got back from New Zealand, some of the lads need a bit of a rest, so this game will be a chance for some of the younger lads in the squad.”
“We’ll be looking for a result like the two we got on the tour, and a good performance as well, and hopefully some of the lads can perform well and give us something to think about.”
Lee Charnley has put together a challenging pre-season, and we have games coming thick and fast – here is the schedule of games the lads have in pre-season.
|Tues 15 July||Oldham||Boundary Park, Oldham |
|Tues 22 July||Sydney FC||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand|
|Sat 26 July||Wellingtom Phoenix||Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Wed 30 July||Sheffield Wednesday||Hillsborough, Sheffield|
|Sat Aug 2||Malaga CF||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany|
|Sun Aug 3||Schalke 04||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany|
|Tues Aug 5||Huddersfield||John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield|
|Sun Aug 10||Real Sociedad||St. James' Park, Newcastle|
Having two games in two days in Germany over the weekend also means that Alan Pardew will need to use his squad wisely – and it will be a surprise if many first teamers are in the team tonight at Hillsborough.
We could see players like Remie Streete, Lubo Satka, Rolando Aarons, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Adam Armstrong, Adam Campbell, Kevin Mbabu and even young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman get some playing time tonight.
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