It’s do or die for Newcastle on Sunday, so we cannot hold back our best players in the final game of the season, and there’s some good news that Mike Williamson returns from suspension, and this may come as a surprise to some, but Mike can be a big match player for us, and he could come straight back into the side – and Mike should be motivated to do well in this game – which could be his last for the club.
Papiss Cisse – must start the game
Dutch midfielder Siem de Jong has also been training this week and he should also be available for the game as should 19 year-old winger Rolando Aarons.
Senegal striker Papiss Cisse is now fitter than he’s been for a long time, and is even running without a limp for the first time this season, and Papiss must start on Sunday in preference to Manu Riviere.
Papiss can score at any time – and we need goals to win this game, and Papiss has 11 Premier League goals in only 20 appearances for Newcastle this season.
The problem with Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons and Papiss Cisse is that they are all short of match practice, and it’s something John Carver has to decide – who to start on Sunday.
But John must make a bold team choice, and he’s told us a few times he’s bold – but he cannot be too conservative and keep all our best players on the bench on Sunday – we need them playing.
It’s good that these four can all play a part on Sunday, in what is Newcastle’s most important game for six years.
A win against West Ham at 5:00 pm on Sunday will see us safe in the Premier League .