Now that we have a better understanding of the injury situation at Newcastle, we can go about thinking about what the best starting team is tomorrow at home against second bottom QPR.
Ryan Taylor – could get start tomorrow
We’ll assume Steven Taylor is out injured along with captain Coloccini – so our latest starting center-back pair this season are both unavailable.
But from Alan Pardew’s comments yesterday, it seems almost certain that Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett will start there.
The question then is who will come in for Paul at left back, and it’s between Massadio Haidara and Ryan Taylor, but since the young Frenchman has looked good there when he’s played this season, we think he will get the nod.
And Mehdi Abeid and Cheick Tiote are both out injured, so there’s a place in midfield up for grabs.
Normally we would think that Vurnon Anita would be given the chance there, but when he’s played this season he hasn’t looked good, and in his last two games was dragged off at half-time.
Now we have Ryan Taylor available and he can play in that position – as he did at Manchester City – so we have an inkling Ryan could get the start there tomorrow.
It will depend to some extent as to how Vurnon and Ryan have looked in training this week.
We’re not sure there will be much change up front – and think that Ayoze Perez will start in the center – since Papiss Cisse had a game on Wednesday night for Senegal and has just traveled back to Newcastle – and because of that we’d be surprised if he gets a start tomorrow.
So given all that – this is the team we think Alan Pardew could field tomorrow afternoon in a 4-3-3 formation:
Janmaat Williamson Dummett Haidara
Taylor (R) Sissoko (c) Colback
Cabella Perez Ameobi
Subs: Elliot Streete Anita Armstrong Gouffran Riviere Cisse
Notice that we have young Remie Street on the bench for cover for Williamson and Dummett, and we’re assuming Manu Riviere is fit again.
We’ve also made Moussa Sissoko captain, but big Mike could also get the armband.
What team would you start tomorrow?
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