We should know from Steve McClaren at his press conference, on what he´s thinking for the now very important game at home to Watford on Saturday.
It´s a game we should be winning to quell the mini-crisis that has arisen since we played so awful at Upton Park, when we were well beaten 2-0 by an ordinary looking West Ham side – but they were better than Newcastle on the night.
Steve McClaren – not too happy Monday night when game ended
Newcastle are now in bottom place in the league table behind Stoke and Sunderland on goal difference.
It´s reminding us too much of what happened last season.
A number of players didn’t give very convincing displays that night, and it´s time for the head coach to switch things around a little bit, and give starts to some good players who have so far started most of the games on the bench.
We think that Ayoze Perez, Siem de Jong and young Rolando Aarons deserve to start the game on Saturday.
We are assuming Williamson, Taylor and Dummett are all not fit for this game, and of course birthday boy Mitrovic is banned for the next two games.
This could be Newcastle’s starting eleven on Saturday:
Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Haidara
Wijnaldum de Jong Aarons
Subs: Darlow Lascelles Tiote Anita Obertan Thauvin Cisse
McClaren could start Gabby Obertan in place of Aarons in one of the wing positions, and he could even drop Sissoko and keep Vurnon Anita in one of the two holding positions.
Siem de Jong – our number 10 – is given a chance to play in the number 10 position on Saturday, and we know Aarons can both make and score goals – as he showed on the American tour.
It’s also the first poor game Floiran Thauvin has had, and it looked like he wasn’t up for it when his initial set-plays were poor deliveries.
Unfortunately, Florian is a will o’the wisp player – a little like Ben Arfa, and he can disappear sometimes in games.
Jack Colback and Wijnaldum took over the set plays on Monday night, but maybe the Frenchman will keep his place on Saturday?
And maybe Sissoko can start playing well as one of the defensive midfielders, and he´s certainly strong in that position.
There are just some of the points Steve McClaren will have to sift through before naming his side for Saturday.
What would your team be for the game on Saturday?
A win would be a huge relief for Newcastle fans.