Caretaker manager John Carver has just announced the team for the home game with Southampton and Mike Williamson has been dropped and in comes Dummett in the the center of defense, and Massadio Haidara comes in at left-back.
Newcastle: (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Fraser Forster; Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte (c), Florin Gardos, Ryan Bertrand; Harrison Reed, Steven Davis; Eljero Elia, James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic; Graziano Pelle
Substitutes: Kelvin Davis, Jason McCarthy, Matt Targett, Jack Cork, Jake Hesketh, Lloyd Isgrove, Shane Long
Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)
Newcastle will play in a 4-3-3 formation and hopefully we can be strong at the back – and Paul Dummett has always looked solid at center-back – but it’s a little surprising that Massadio got the nod over fit again Davide Santon.
But Massadio has played well for Newcastle this season and he deserves a start, and it will be his 35th appearance for Newcastle since he joined us two years ago from Nancy, and his 15th appearance this season.
Mehdi Abeid is on the bench and we suppose it was good politically not to start him, otherwise Algeria would wonder why he withdrew from their squad for the Afranc Cup of Nations, which starts tomorrow.
Former Royal Grammar schoolboy Fraser Forster is in goal for the Saints, and as expected they are missing three good players – Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld – who are all out injured.
This is what John Carver has said about the Saints:
“They deserve to be where they are.” “To be third in the Premier League, after what they lost in the summer, is quite incredible.”
“Their recruitment has been fantastic and they have replaced players with better players, in my opinion.” “They have also appointed a top head coach who has them well-organised and working extremely hard for each other.”
“But they also have talent and goalscorers in the team, so it is no surprise to me.” “As long as they stay clear of injuries, I think they can sustain their challenge.”
“They have a good group and a good squad of 16 or 17 players. If they keep everybody fit they are as good as anybody to be in the top four.”
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