We have to assume that both Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote will be available to play for Newcastle at West Brom on Sunday, because they will then both be off to play in the African Cup of Nations for their countries, and Cheick in particular hasn’t played for us for weeks.
Mehdi Abeid – could keep his place in midfield
Cheick injured himself in the warm up for the Leicester City game, and hasn’t participated in the subsequent four wins that the Magpies have accomplished – against all the odds.
It will depend on how Cheick has showed up in training this week, but it would be hard to drop Mehdi Abeid on Sunday, after the two great games he played for us at Manchester City and at home to Liverpool.
So while we think the manager will have him in the side if he is fit and looked 100% in training, we are going to keep Mehdi in our side, to send a message to the 22 year-old that there is a future for him at the club.
Unlucky Gabby Obertan is out for months, and Siem de Jong and Davide Santon are also not available, but everybody else is available, including Ryan Taylor.
So this could be our best side for the trip to the Hawthorns on Sunday:
Janmaat Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Abeid Colback
Aarons Cisse Ameobi
Subs: Elliot Haidara Taylor (R) Tiote Gouffran Cabella Perez
There’s some competition to get on the bench for Sunday, and no place there for Vurnon Anita, Manu Riviere, Mike Williamson, Facundo Ferreyra or Adam Armstrong.
If Paul Dummett stays in the side it could be difficult for Williamson to get on the bench because Paul can always switch over the center-back, if one of the two center-backs are injured in a game.
Alan Pardew could also produce a surprise if Papiss Cisse still not fully fit, and he could start Perez up front.
What would your team be for Sunday?
And finally, it’s a little unlucky that Alan missed out on the Manager of the Month award for October to former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce.
And to think both were high in the betting to be the first manager to be fired in the Premier League this season, but at least in October they both did just fine – thank you very much.
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