Could This Be Newcastle’s Line-Up Tonight At Turf Moor?

The news after yesterday’s press conference from Alan Pardew was all about Newcastle’s long injury list,  and we have a number of players who did not travel to Burnley, and Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback are suspended for the game.

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Massadio Haidara – doubtful for tonight

The other bad news we heard yesterday is that Tim Krul will be out until January,  and he’ll miss at least nine games with an injury he picked up in training to his ankle ligaments last Thursday.

Rolando Aarons is also out with that hamstring injury he also picked up in training, and we have knocks to three players who played on Saturday in the 1-0 loss at Upton Park – Janmaat, Williamson and Haidara.

Mehdi Abeid could be ready for tonight, and he traveled with the squad,  so assuming all four players are available this could be the starting line-up in a 4-3-3 formation:

Janmaat Williamson Dummett Haidara
Anita Tiote (c) Abeid
Ameobi Ayoze Cabella
Subs: Alnwick Satka Taylor (S) Gouffran Armstrong Cisse Riviere

What would your line-up be for tonight’s game?

If Janmaat cannot play then young 19 year-old Slovenian Lubomir Satka could make his debut at right back, and he looked good in that position in pre-season.

Satka’s 19th birthday is today.

Steven Taylor will come in for Williamson if he cannot make it,  and of Haidara doesn’t make it then Dummett will switch to left back and in will come Steven Taylor in the middle.

But it is again a very patched up side playing in a game that at least on paper we should be winning.

And then comes Chelsea at home on Saturday, where we should have players like Colo back.

With Tim Krul out for at least the next 9 games, we could be in trouble if Rob Elliot is inured this month, with the untested 21 year-old Jak Alnwick next in line, and he’s never played a competitive game for the Magpies.

It shows we don’t really have enough cover this season at the goalkeeper position.

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13 comments so far


    Dec 2, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    To be fair now many clubs have 3 good proven keepers


    Dec 2, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #2

    not many*

  • NUFCJackW

    Dec 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    You never hear much on jak, I just have that feeling that if he plays he will be great because he hasnt been built up by anyone so our, definately my, expectation is low… He might benefit from that.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Injuries – never rains but it pours.

    Danny Ings thing
    Interesting as I posted after the QPR game – that my mates son who works for a letting agency with Toon players on their books received a text message in the shark bar before the above game, to look for a house for a Danny Ings. mmmmmm

  • expatmag

    Dec 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5


    Lets hope so. It wouldnt surprise me.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    so it must be easier by now to list the fit players than to list the inured ones

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s hard to imagine Burnley selling Danny Ings in January, when he is literally their only chance of staying up. Unless we might offer them one or two in exchange. Ryan Taylor, perhaps Gouffran on loan.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 2, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Funny thing
    Everyone told him in so many words – ‘load a sh**e’ ‘Giv owa ya stupid bugga’
    might have to eat ‘umble pie.
    Any way If all out and the kids play could, surprise a few – will play with no fear!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Injured players would make a canny line up against the fit players

  • nut meg

    Dec 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    charlie @4
    I seen a good part of the game the other week when Ings played & he did impress me.He was sharp,alert,good movement,strong & dangerous so on first impression I would have him especially for what he would cost. The mention of the estate agent & Danny Ings reminded me of a very same story about Johnny Giles I think it was of becoming our manager years & years ago …… I hope this time it’s true.

  • mikeyconcon

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    He is out of contract at the end of the season though, so there’s a chance we could nick him on the cheap. Hope so, looks a decent player and a good worker.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Dec 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    I would rather play with 10 than Anita

  • robertsleftfoot

    Dec 2, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Danny Ings would be a decent shout as a striker, especially as he will probably come cheap what with his contract nearing an end, we should also be looking for another central midfielder, to me Anita does not cut the mustard, Colback is a squad player at best (by that I mean he gives his all every week but hes not going to be pulling up trees and dictating games with his passing. Abeid looks again a squad player with possibly more potential to progress than Colback.

    Tiote looks like he wants away, that leaves only Moussa as a 100% starter each week for me, a Grenier like player would and probably could go well with Moussa and possibly Tiote sitting in a 4-5-1 formation (the 5 being 2 out and out wingers, leaving 3 central midfield to hopefully control the game)


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