Newcastle play their fourth pre-season friendly this afternoon at Bramall Lane, a short three days after returning from their American trip, and head coach Steve McClaren has just named his starting eleven.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat (c), Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ayoze Perez; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Lubomir Satka, Jamaal Lascelles, Mehdi Abeid, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Rolando Aarons, Yoan Gouffran, Adam Armstrong
It looks like Gini Wijnaldum will play in the number 10 role behind Papiss Cisse up front and the two wide men will be Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez.
Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback are the two holding midfielders and the impressive Massadio Haidara again gets a start at left-back in the absence of Paul Dummett.
Sheffield United will be ahead of Newcastle with their pre-season training and preparation with their League One season starting next weekend.
And the fans’ favorite for the captain armband is Daryl Janmaat, and he is captain for the day – which is interesting.
The bench is also full of good players and we are likely to see quite number of them get a run-out in the second half today.
With his spirit, bravery and good play last season Janmaat – he was out Player of the Season – he proved he could become an excellent captain for Newcastle United.