Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has just announced the team for the important game at Tottenham in the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup tonight, and there’s some bad news that Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse are not in the squad. Sammy Ameobi is also missing?
Here’s the two sides that have been announced.
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Vlad Chiriches, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen (c), Danny Rose; Nabil Bentaleb, Benjamin Stambouli; Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Andros Townsend; Harry Kane
Substitutes: Hugo Lloris, Younes Kaboul, Kyle Naughton, Etienne Capoue, Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Jak Alnwick; Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran; Emmanuel Riviere
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Lubomir Satka, Remie Streete, Vurnon Anita, Haris Vuckic, Callum Roberts, Adam Armstrong
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
It’s a 4-2-3-1 formation as expected with Sissoko and Colback to play in front of the back four.
So it looks like Tiote didn’t make it with his muscle strain, and Papiss Cisse has a heavy cold – maybe Papiss will make it for Sunday’s game against Sunderland, but Tiote is probably doubtful for that game.
Not sure what’;s up with Sammy.
So that’s 13 first team players missing from the squad tonight – with Daryl Janmaat being suspended for this game – and eleven being out injured or sick.
As expected Paul Dummett has been switched to right back and Massadio Haidara has come in on the left but Willo keeps his place alongside Colo in central defense.
There’s still no starting place for Vurnon Anita although we could see the Dutch man come on in the second half.
It’s a very young bench, which illustrates how Newcastle are down to the bare bones because of all the injuries, with Anita the only experienced player.
Youngsters Woodman, Satka, Streete, Roberts, Vuckic and Armstrong are the other players who make up the bench – and their average age is just over 18, with four having never played for Newcastle.
And it doesn’t say much for striker Facundo Ferreyra, who still cannot make the bench.
We feel a bit like we felt before the Man CIty game – but hey we won that game! 😀
Two in three Newcastle fans think we can make it through to the last four tonight.
Howay The Lads!!
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