Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has just named his team for this important last pre-season friendly game this afternoon against Borussia Monchengladbach at St. James’ Park, and this team will be close to the one that plays against Southampton a week tomorrow in our first Premier League game of the season.
Here are the two teams:
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (c); Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gabriel Obertan; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Shane Ferguson, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles, Gael Bigirimana, Olivier Kemen, Mehdi Abeid, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Borussia Monchengladbach (4-4-2): Yann Sommer; Tony Jantschke (c), Andreas Christensen, Marvin Schulz, Oscar Wendt; Ibrahima Traore, Granit Xhaka, Mahmoud Dahoud, Patrick Herrmann; Lars Stindl, Raffael
Substitutes: Tobias Sippel, Roel Brouwers, Havard Nordtveit, Josip Drmic, Thorgan Hazard, Alvaro Dominguez, Fabian Johnson, Julian Korb, Branimir Hrgota, Marlon Ritter
Referee: Jon Moss
The surprise there is that there is no Siem de Jong in the starting lione-up, and Gabby Obertan starts ahead of Rolando Aarons.
There are 12 substitutes named for this game and they include Mbemba and Mitrovic – our two new signings – so we should see those two in the second half of this game.
It’s a 4-2-3-1 formation, and we assume that Wijnaldum will play in the withdrawn number 10 role – but we are not seeing both Wijnaldum and de Jong in the same starting line-up – which is strange.
Anita and Colback are again the two holding midfielders and we may see a lot more of Vurnon Anita this season under Steve McClaren, and he can be a decent player but he needs a run of games, which he has never really had at Newcastle since he joined us three years ago from Ajax.
He could well be a player who benefits from Steve McClaren’s arrival at Newcastle.
As expected Williamson and Taylor seem to be the best two center-backs we have – which is worrying – and why we quickly need to sign another top center-back quickly.
The main thing we will be looking at today is how the defense plays – and we have been poor this season so far.
A win today would be good – and with a good performance it would be even better.
Howay The Lads!!