Aleksandar Mitrovic will miss our next three games through suspension, after being sent off against Arsenal, and they are all games Newcastle can win.
We are away at West Ham, at home to Watford and then at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup, over the next couple of weeks.
Ayoze Perez – in action at Old Trafford
You would have thought that would mean that Papiss Cisse would start the games in place of Mitrovic, but news in the Chronicle today that head coach Steve McClaren is looking to shake things up in attack, so we can be more threatening up front.
Newcastle haven’t scored in the last three league games and we haven’t looked like scoring much either, so McClaren is thinking of how to use Ayoze Perez and Siem de Jong, to add more fire power to the Newcastle attack.
We have been impressed by Ayoze already this season, and he probably has been looking good in training, so he stands a good chance of starting the game at West Ham on Monday night.
With McClaren playing only one striker up front, it’s difficult for Cisse, because he has never been good at being the lone man up front, and maybe Ayoze becomes a straight replacement for Mitrovic.
Certainly Perez works his socks off for the side, and can also score goals if given time on the pitch, as we found out last season.
And somehow McClaren has to start finding a place for Siem de Jong in the side, and the Dutchman may be given the number 10 role at West Ham.
It’s a game we can win, and even though there’s been the long International break with players away, Newcastle do have a couple more days to prepare the side for what is an important game at Upton Park.
We need our first league win of the season, and to do that we have to be able to score some goals.
It will be interesting to see what team Steve starts on Monday night, but one surprise could be that Papiss Cisse again finds himself on the bench.