It looks like Papiss Cisse will be fit to play on Monday night at the Britannia Stadium, and it’s going to be interesting to see what Alan Pardew’s team selection is for the game, because Newcastle really need a win if the manager is to improve his chances of keeping his job on Tyneside.
Yes – Manu Riviere after scoring his second goal on Wednesday – a penalty
There are a couple of things that Pardew will have to think about.
One is whether he keeps the 4-2-3-1 formation that he has used all season, and plays only one striker up front, but with Papiss Cisse in form and fit again, he could play two strikers, and today Olivier Bernard, the former Newcastle left back has said that Manu likes playing alongside another striker.
Olivier had this to say in the Chronicle today about Riviere:
“One of the things you need to know about Manu is that he’s a player that prefers to play with a strike partner. He isn’t your traditional target man.¨
“And I think this week at Palace we saw the result of him having a team-mate a little bit closer to him.¨ “In his first few games he was played as a lone striker. He has been frustrated.¨
“I would like to see how he does in a 4-4-2 – a system that teams don’t seem to want to play at the moment – with Papiss Cisse.¨ “He would be the second striker in that situation.¨
“He’s a player that will work hard and he’ll create chances, and get goals in the long run.”
Riviere showed on Wednesday night that with the right service he can score goals, and he scored two good goals for the Magpies to help get the 3-2 win, and it was a good performance from the lads.
So Pardew could even go with a 4-4-2 formation at Stoke to have a greater goal threat up front.
The other decision for Pardew to make is whether he plays 17 year-old Geordie Adam Armstrong in the starting eleven, and the very promising local lad showed with two assists on Wednesday night, he can provide some creativity to the side, and in addition he is a goal-scoring threat himself.
It seems like time is running out for Pardew, the longer it goes without Newcastle getting a win – so team selection is going to be very important for the manager.
We’d like to see Adam Armstrong start in the number 10 position if we keep to a 4-2-3-1 formation – and then Pardew can always bring Papiss Cisse on if we need goals in the second half, and maybe even move to a 4-4-2 formation.
Pardew could even start Papiss Cisse up front, since he is a more natural lone front than Riviere.
A defeat at Stoke and time could be called on Alan Pardew’s tenure as the Newcastle manager – so our players, and Alan himself have to go all out for the win on Monday night.
What would your team be on Monday night?
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