Steve McClaren has a number of decisions to make for tomorrow’s game against Southampton, about which players he will start in the game.
The head coach could even start the same team that started last Saturday’s game against Borussia Monchengladbach – in fact he probably will start the same side.
Fabricio Coloccini – could start tomorrow
This is the side that Steve McClaren started last Saturday in a 4-2-3-1 formation:
Janmaat Williamson Taylor Haidara
Sissoko Wijnaldum Obertan
The main players who are pressing for a start tomorrow are Coloccini, Mbemba, Aarons, de Jong and Mitrovic
This is the side we would like to see Steve start tomorrow:
Janmaat Coloccini (c) Taylor Haidara
Sissoko Wijnaldum de Jong
Subs: Darlow Mbemba Williamson Aarons Obertan Perez Cisse
That still leaves Mbemba out, but it will be dodgy to start both Mbemba and Coloccini together in central defense, with both having played very little in pre-season.
In fact Colo hasn’t played at all, but the 33 year-old Argentine is experienced enough and presumably now fit enough to come straight into the side and be captain for the first game of the season.
What team would you start tomorrow?