This Could Be Newcastle’s Best Team For West Brom


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 wednesday

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:

Krul
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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6 comments so far

  • mag92

    Nov 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Keep Perez in the team!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    I think Carragher has got it spot on.

    We’ve done well with this counter attacking style recently in games that we were always going to see little possession.

    I think West Brom will prove whether we can have a decent season or not as possession will be more split. We wont be able to catch them out with pace as much as the teams we have played. We will have to be patient .
    It will make for an interesting game though.

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  • mag92

    Nov 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Quick counter attacks will do it every time!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Wolf’s head,
    Depends what the real definition of troll is ?

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  • AmericanGeordie

    Nov 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Assuming that Tiote, Aarons, Cisse & Williamson will not be fit.

    4-2-3-1
    Perez
    Ameobi – Sissoke – Cabella
    Abeid – Colback
    Dummett – Saylor – Colo – Janmaat
    Krul

    Bench: Elliot, Haidara, Raylor, Anita, Gouffran, Riviere, Ferreyra

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  • rwpoynter

    Nov 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #6

    One thing I cannot understand is the feeling about Vurnon Anita. Whenever I have seen him he has always passed the ball well and has seemed totally competent. As for Tiote and Cisse , if they are fit enough to play for the ACON then they are fit enough to play for us. This competition every two years is going to start putting Premier league managers off taking on African players which would be a shame as some of them are very good.
    I also wonder about the wisdom of staging this competition this year in view of the Ebola virus situation. I don’t profess to know the fine details about this but the fact that several football organisations may lose a lot of money by cancelling it is not a good enough reason for not doing so.

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