Is This Newcastle’s Best Team For Northampton?

It’s difficult to know exactly what side Steve McClaren will play against Northampton Town tomorrow night in the League Cup, but it looks likely he will play some of the top subs who haven’t had much playing time so far this season.

Daryl Janmaat is available after his one match ban,  and it’s likely that he will come back in at right back to add his experience to the side – and maybe we will see a new center-back pairing in Williamson and Lascelles,  since it seems certain that Coloccini and Taylor will retain their places for the game at home to Arsenal on Saturday.

jamaal lascelles

Jamaal Lascelles – likely to get start tomorrow night

Steve McClaren in his press conference today made it clear that he would by no means be taking Northampton Town lightly – so maybe this is the starting eleven that McClaren will start tomorrow night at St. James’ Park – with a 7:45 pm kick off time.

Janmaat Williamson (c) Lascelles Haidara
Tiote Anita
Obertan de Jong Aarons
Subs: Elliot Mbemba Coloccini Wijnaldum Colback Thauvin Mitrovic

It will be a chance for Williamson and Lascelles to show what they can do at the back for Newcastle, and McClaren may even want to put Williamson in the shop window, since if we do manage to bring in a top center-back by next Tuesday night, Mike could be leaving Newcastle, either permanently or on loan.

That’s a good side, and it gives an opportunity for our top subs like Darlow, Tiote, de Jong and Aarons to show what they can do – and we could also see some changes made in the second half,  so that maybe Thauvin gets another run out before Saturday.

We would expect Thauvin, Mbemba and Mitrovic to start against Arsenal on Saturday, with the defense being unchanged, so that may explain why we have the above team playing.

What would your team be for tomorrow night?

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68 comments so far

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Thauvin will debut tomorrow.

  • calvinzolamakongo

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah perez got a 4 …outrageous rating if you ask me he didnt lose the ball once and made some great covering challemgea and also nearly scored……also booking haidara for challenging a 50/50 to score was shit reffing

  • toonicle

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Why play Willo when we have players in that spot that need more matches? I say Lascalles and Mbemba should play together and see how it goes.

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #4

    I thinl all the players that have played ahead of Aarons are better than him . He might even miss out
    on the bench if Sissoko comes back .
    Obertan is more experienced. On and off but I think is ahead of him . If Obertan is staying. I wld
    send him to loan . But he shld first get his chance like Perez to start a game . if Sissoko is still
    injured. start out:
    Thauvin…………… Perez …………… . Aarons
    ………………………. Mitrovic
    But Mcca iz going for :
    Thauvin. ……… .Wijnaldum ……… . .Perez
    ………………. ……Mitrovic

  • scout

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Lads pile into us tomorrow I watched worthing play Northampton in a friendly, they weren’t much to look at.
    Toney played, you could see he’s got good feet but looked poor in the air.


    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #6

    the refs are always bottling the bigger sides now lettin players swarming and shoutin and intimidate them and eventually do what they want….thats the way it looks to me sometimes…need to grow a pair

  • toon kk

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Stevie won’t be putting out our strongest side but he will have a go by giving some of the other lads a run oout.

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, how many times.

    Obertron? no, just fcuking NO.

    He shouldn’t be anywhere near the first 11. He shouldn’t be anywhere near a fcuking football pitch to be perfectly honest. He’s bonk.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Will die for nufc- you think obertan is better than Aaron’s?? I have never seen such a gutless player in my entire life he is absolutely useless and for you to think he is better than Aaron’s shows how limited your football knowledge is. Do you like fast running as maybe athletics is more your sport?

  • scubydu

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Defence not defense ed !?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Janmaat Lascelles Williamson Haidara
    Tiote (c) Anita
    Gouffran De Jong Aarons
    I guess he’ll play this team. I’d like to see Vuckic given a game as well as Kemen.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #12

    evening peeps

    been away was the man u draw worth watching

    Northampton game I would debut kemen darlow lachelles
    dejong tiote dummet need games depending on how fit they are so team should pick it self

    is riviere injured

  • Belfast

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Obertan… Oot

  • gaz 44

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #14

    I hope people aren’t expecting. A 6-0 whitewash tomorrow, 2-0 will do me lovely thauvin and mitro the scorers.would be exactly what we need. For the record I’d stil like riviere t be given a chance couldn’t hit a cow with a banjo last year but general play was upbthere

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 24, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #15

    The club will not want to ‘cup-tie’ Williamson (with luck), Sissoko (with regret), Aarons (with £ signs) & Obertan ( hopefully).

  • one fine day

    Aug 24, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #16

    I am sure like the rest of us you have clamoured to have a club that again takes the cups seriously .
    So why are you saying a good side will be one with Williamson not only as the pivot of the back 4 with an inexperienced new lad next too him , but you make him captain??wtf?
    He is a player who by rights should be off to a championship club(at best) next week so why give him m” game time’ we are all talking about..
    the only time so far I think lascalles has been on the pitch with willo was against club atlas on tour and we conceded two inside the first 20mins.
    sick of this SH@t man , fringe players getting a run out etc. , NO all that does is give’s a manager a ready made excuse if we loose.
    If we are cruising then give the kids 20 mins at the end but willo needs to be thrown through a shop window not put in it
    Same goes for gouffran

  • croftus5678

    Aug 24, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #17

    need to give fringe players and the ones who need cofidence ect a game tomoz imo.


    this game would have been perfect for river but sadly i believe he’s injured 🙁

  • lochinvar

    Aug 24, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Read this and weep.
    FFS – You couldn’t make it up if you tried.
    Maybe John Carver could apply – would keep him in football and he could fix Defoes diary so he’s put of the country on Derby days !

    How would you like to be a personal assistant for a Premier League footballer?
    The rare opportunity has arisen to be Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe’s right hand man – or woman.
    The London-based job could earn the lucky applicant up to £60,000 a year – but that salary comes at a cost.
    Defoe’s PA will be expected to be on call 24/7, and will be charged with organising the star’s life, from doing his laundry to making sure his fridge is full.
    Running the life of an elite sportsman also includes making sure the plants are watered.
    The advert, seeking a Jermain Defoe & Family/Enterprise Personal Assistant, featured on and offers a unique glimpse into the life of a Premier League footballer.
    It states that the individual must be “very flexible, hands-on and be capable of multitasking”.
    It also say that the main tasks involved will be “scheduling and highly organising the manager’s and the family’s private, social and business calendars, arranging all public appearances, arranging and securing travel arrangements, working on selected business projects and maintaining daily itineraries.”
    Another duty for the lucky winner will be to take charge of sending mum Sandra a Mother’s Day card.

  • Llort muw

    Aug 24, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #19

    A team I would love to see…




  • Derek

    Aug 24, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #20


    Of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality”

    From the Oxford Dictionary.

    Clearly a poor choice of words there Ed. Perhaps “my preferred team” but definitely not best.

  • Derek

    Aug 24, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #21

    My Preferred team:

    Subs: Krul, Saylor, Haidara, Anita, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Cisse

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 25, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #22


  • Brummie

    Aug 25, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #23



  • Sliema

    Aug 25, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Will die

    Sorry mate, Aarons is already better than Obertan and has the potential to be a lot better. Obertan has been such a failure, a total waste of a shirt, I honestly do not think many prem sides would have him on their bench.

  • custurd

    Aug 25, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #25

    lochinvar @18

    You forgot to mention that the successful applicant must be able to build iphone apps while scooping up dog shit and wiping boogers from their esteemed boss’s face with the licked corner of a hanky! WTF does Defoe’s wife do while her husband is out “working” 90 minutes a week?! 🙂

  • Our Toon

    Aug 25, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Our squad players should be played against Northampton and not the strongest XI as some have suggested. If our squad players aren’t good enough to beat them then we should be very worried about the season as whole.

    The stupidest thing that could happen tomorrow is for Wijinaldum or Mitrovic to play and to get injured, missing 2 or 3 months if not longer because we feared the mighty Northampton. Absolutely bonkers some of you who want the strongest XI playing.

    Squad players also need game time otherwise why bother staying at the club. Young lads like Kemen are going to need to be involved if not starting otherwise they’ll jump ship to a bigger European Team that will play them in these type of games. In a few years if they come good we will look back and say ahh yes I remember him, we didn’t involve him against Northampton so he left, now he plays for an elite European club.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 25, 2015 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #27


    Had to dash earlier but doesn’t go sound to good buddy. Keep us updated mate and stay strong, I will keep you in my prayers buddy

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 25, 2015 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #28

    Our Toon

    Thanks mate I will

  • swemag

    Aug 25, 2015 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #29

    From BBC:

    ‘Crystal Palace have scored 16 set piece goals since Alan Pardew was named as their manager; more than any other Premier League side in that period.’

    How the hell could we suck so badly at that during his years here?? Amazing. And don’t pull the shit about this being Pulis team.

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 25, 2015 at 4:03 AM

    Comment #30

    What do you put it down to Swemag? Pardew’s tactical genius?

  • Santon03

    Aug 25, 2015 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #31

    I look forward to this game for our best chance to get SM 1st win. I’m expecting experiment different tactic and players hopefully 2 strikers and probably 3 at the back. Possible appearance Satka, MArv and Kemen

    the forwards need matches so any will do, manu, mitro,perez, toney, or cisse.
    Big possibility is Toney, he is from there.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 25, 2015 at 5:32 AM

    Comment #32


    Whatever it is. Palace are playing at a higher level with pardew there now.

    I think Newcastle job was just too big for Pardew. He crumbled under the pressure and constant scrutiny of our club.

  • nut meg

    Aug 25, 2015 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #33

    SM is playing a 4-2-3-1 system that he’s instilling into the players.This system will more than likely be used until all the SQUAD fully understand it. It could also be the preferred system that will be used throughout the club,academy,U21s & first team.This would NOT be a good time to change to another NEW system imho.

  • Santon03

    Aug 25, 2015 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #34

    nut meg

    I noticed we actually already used that system every game now, when we have the ball 2 cb split up and Anita drop back temporarily at sweeper position while 2fb move further forward. I’m not that confident with Willo Llaceles partnership at the back tbh, hopefully they will prove me wrong.
    I’m really hoping to see 2 forwards tactic.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 25, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #35

    scubydu…Ed lives in the States where you spell it “Defense” as oppose to the English way “Defence”.

    Personally when speaking of sports I prefer the American way, because you also spell “defensive” and defensiveness” with an “s” and not a “c”.

    Does anyone know if this is considered poor English grammar? 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 25, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #36

    Morning jesper
    The suffix -sive is pretty common: defensive, offensive, adhesive, etc.
    I can’t think of many words ending in -cive, apart from conducive.
    Where’s our Google King?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 25, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #37

    Ron…just say his name three times and he’ll be here 😉 lol

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 25, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Morning Ron…isn’t there also something with the word “license” and “licence”?

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 25, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #39

    Yoo-hoo, Jeff!

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 25, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #40

    In UK English, the verb is ‘to license’, the noun is ‘a licence’. In the USA I think the noun and verb are the same, ‘license’.


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