It looks like Steve McClaren could field a strong side tonight, with a mix of experienced players and fringe players as they take on Gateshead at the International Stadium in their first pre-season friendly.
The Chronicle is reporting Newcastle could start with Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote and new boys Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles could also be in the starting line-up.
Steve McClaren – recruitment going well
Paul Dummett and Mehdi Abeid are still surprisingly carrying injuries from last season, and will not participate.
It’s interesting in his comments today that Steve has said recruitment is going well:
“That’s the job, improving, coaching the players, getting them organised, getting them fit with the help of good staff, and also working behind the scenes and helping in terms of recruitment, which at the moment is going very well.
“People may say slowly, but we have got to get the right ones in, that’s the key.”
There’s news today that Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to Newcastle for his medical, after everything else seems to have been agreed..
And also good news from Belgium today that significant progress has been made between Anderlecht and Newcastle for Aleksandar Mitrovic, and the 20 year-old has been offered a five year deal.
Newcastle are said to be close to completing that deal.
Getting those two players through the door would be great and we could even complete both those deals before tomorrow night.
If we can do that they will be on the plane on Sunday to America,