Aleksandar Mitrovic Starts At York City


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It’s been a hectic pre-season for Newcastle (too many games) and after playing at Sheffield United on Sunday, Newcastle will play York City tonight at Bootham Crescent on what will be a rain-sodden pitch.

Steve McClaren has just announced his team and there will be chances given to a number of fringe players – Bigirimana, Ferguson, Satka and Abeid all start – and new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic gets his first start and first appearance for the Magpies tonight.

The senior players are being held back for the final game of pre-season against Borussia Monchengladbach at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon – 3:00pm kick-off – and then there will be 8 days before we host Southampton in our Premier league kick-off.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Gael Bigirimana, Lubomir Satka, Jamaal Lascelles, Shane Ferguson; Mehdi Abeid, Yoan Gouffran; Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong (c), Ayoze Perez; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Olivier Kemen, Lewis Suddick, Louis Johnson

It’s a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation with the three up front being Aarons, de Jong and Perez with Siem in the number 10 role behind Mitrovic up front.

Olivier Kemen is on the bench and the 18 year-old appears to be unhappy with his lot at Newcastle, and may be leaving the club soon, having had talks with AC Milan – we hope he stays.

Siem de Jong is also in the starting line-up and will captain the side, with our two lads from Nottingham Forest – goalkeeper Karl Darlow and center-back Jamaal Lascelles also in the starting line-up.

With young goalkeeper Freddy Woodman going on loan to Crawley Town until early January,  Darlow will fight it out with Rob Elliot for the back-up goalkeeper position with Tim Krul looking like he’s back to his old self in pre-season.

It’s a chance for some of the fringe players to catch Steve McClaren’s eye tonight.

Comments welcome.



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271 comments so far

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #1

    repost:

    So, according to the eloquent wordsmith jib, jeff, or whatever miniskirt you’re wearing today, its ok to call someone a pompous dick, but you cannot be called out on it?

    you, sweetie, are a blathering contra-DICK-tion in the worst way… begone, you have grown tiresome…

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  • TudorCrisps

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #2

    interesting

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #3

    interesting team
    De Jong as Captain

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #4

    LewSpi
    That’s the market. After my first visit to Newcastle it made me wonder why so many Geordies come every Thursday to Leeds to visit the Market and other shops when the markets and shops in Newcastle are so much better

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #5

    I think overall Carr has done a decent job. Considering his mandate is to provide young, relatively cheap talent from overseas there are bound to be quite a few mistakes. Nobody can say with certainty how a young player will do coming to the Prem. Really Carr has an almost impossible task with the conditions imposed on him by Ashley. What other head scout is only able to recruit young players from abroad? Early on we had a few English players with some steel like Nolan but that has largely disappeared from the squad with the exception of Colback who was on a free.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Interesting to see if De jong can pull the strings with Perez and Aarons pace supplying mitrovic. A goal would be a good start to settle him.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Aarons with De Jong and Mit might be able to do some damage but I would worry about the back 4. That 4 won’t play together again except in the reserves.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #8

    So who is playing centre midfield then, Perez, Gouffy or De Jong?

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  • Offkey

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Bigi at RB again, is Goouffran playing in central midfeild

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  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone any idea what Bigirimana is like as a full back ?
    Or is he going to play 3 across the back with wingbacks ?

    Intriguing

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  • TudorCrisps

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMJDjAqAnSY

    Wonder if this will work lads

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Geordie2 agreed. We never see the players who he may have recommended that Ashley wouldn’t sanction either. I am hoping that the good start in signings we have made is continued and gaps closed in this window. We need the positive wave to continue. Mbemba, a n other cb, quality right winger, quality striker..Possibly a holding midfielder to replace tiote and let’s see where it takes us. The issue hasn’t been quality for me it’s that Ashley always stopped short of buying enough of it. Which stretched the better players until they snapped or got sold.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #13

    thanks for link Tudor, I will be surprised if it works but it has a countdown like the American links did

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Offkey,
    Bigi at RB is nothing short of a joke and proves without doubt the defeciency in the squad.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Think I remember Perez playing midfield against Gatesheed, wired either way, why not ditch Gouffy and play Kemen in the middle with Abeid?

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  • Terry

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Was hoping I would never see gouffrans name on our team sheet again.What does anyone see in him.Useless

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Nice to see so many of the young players get a run out though. The BMG game should give us an idea of what Steve has in mind for the season obviously so this is just a good chance to look at some youngsters.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Ne botha TFL a just hope it works m8, gets me away from the dragon for 90 minutes 😉

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #19

    TFL

    Can get a cracking pizza in that market, sell it by the slice, New York style.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #20

    LewSpi
    Will have to try that when I’m fit enough to come up again 🙂

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  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Is this not the fixture where Mackems and Geordies will be on the same train ?

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #22

    TudorCrisps
    Like your thinking 🙂

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  • Offkey

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #23

    JFA – He seems nailed on as the cover for Janmaat at the moment, considering no one but those two have played there pre-season……I really dont think he is up to it, looked uncomfortable in USA……if anything happens to Janmaat, I see Mbemba going out there (if e get him) and our defence being worse than last year (at least at the moment)

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Well Mackems are playing Donny Rovers so quite possibly

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Spot on OneAlanShearer @12. Very difficult circumstances for any head scout. I’m amazed he’s lasted this long putting up with Mike. He must be disappointed how little we’ve accomplished in 8 years. Really a waste of everyone’s time who has been associated with the club that has had to work under Mike.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Tonights game is yet another part of the ill conceived pre season activities. Obviously arranged by a clot.
    It is not until the weekend before we’ll see anything like what our starting team for the Soton game may look like.
    A dogs dinner of a pre-season.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Offkey if Janmaat gets injured Anita will probably be right back

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  • Offkey

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #28

    TFL – Brilliant 😉

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Haven’t heard of Louis Johnson on the bench? Anyone know about him?

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #30

    G2
    no nor Lewis Suddick

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  • the broons

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Hope that link does work, thanks a lot Tudorcrisps.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Have to agree with Mr. Tuff. The pre-season has been largely a waste of time against questionable opposition. Much better teams should have been played to properly allow Steve to assess the squad. What does playing York tell him? Or the Portland B side? Or Sacramento? All a complete waste of time. Just a shambles really.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Louis Johnson
    Name: Louis Johnson
    Nationality: English
    Born: 16th December 1997, Middlesbrough
    Height:
    Weight:
    Under-18s debut: 8th February 2014 v Bolton Wanderers (h), Barclays Under-18 Premier League
    Position: Forward

    A bustling striker who can finish, Louis made his under-18s debut while still at school, having joined United in the 2009/10 season.

    Hailing from Middlesbrough, he played for Marton FC and attended Ormesby School.

    Louis supports Liverpool and loves Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi. He likes to play tennis.

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #34

    People saying this is a young or 2nd string side, I’d almost argue against.

    Perez, Aarons, SDJ and Mitro all starting. Throw Wij and Anita in and I’d argue you’ve almost got the first team attack/midfield.

    Defence is a different story, obvs.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Name: Lewis Suddick
    Nationality: English
    Born: 28th October 1997
    Height: 5ft 8ins
    Weight: 56kg
    Under-18s debut: Awaited
    Position: Defender

    The grandson of former Newcastle and Blackpool favourite Alan Suddick, Lewis is a right-back who loves to get forward and joined United as an eight-year-old.

    He lives in Whitley Bay and attended Whitley Bay High School while playing for Cramlington Juniors and is a lifelong Newcastle supporter.

    Lewis looks up to Phillip Lahm, Dani Alves and Luke Shaw and enjoys relaxing with his friends when he’s not playing football.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #36

    TFL,
    What happens if Anita has been playing really well in a regular starting midfield, have you got to disrupt that for the want of cover. And why don’t we seem to have a proper RB in the U21’s

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Very true JFA, we do need cover there

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  • geordielad880

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #38

    we have sterry in the under 21’s, but think he is injured, he is a decent prospect at right back, and has good pace, positioning needs improvement though

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #39

    BTW only 4 subs?

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Andy Woodman not at the game today

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