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McClaren Likely To Make These Three Changes For Watford

10:00 pm, Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

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.

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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.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

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
Colback Sissoko
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?

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48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Ashley Out again !

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Time to give them all a big kick up the ar$e, maybe after the display against Soton, Churners called them all in to tell them how are bonus system really works !

  • 4 SUTTY1978 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Jib, you would have gone for Thauvin over Ayew? His signing on fee plus full wages over the course of his contract are not much more than Thauvin cost outright and then you have to factor in his wages of maybe £12.5m over 5 seasons for Thauvin on top!
    How about Narsingh? Would you have taken him, could have got him for much less, could have got 90% of wingers in the world for less, do you really think thauvin is in the top 5-10% of wingers in the world?

  • 5 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Ha Jail why always second? 😉

  • 6 goommy // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Hope this lineup was real. finally, Sissoko play at his best position.

  • 7 beermonkey // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    I really do hope McLaren makes some changes for Watford

  • 8 Jib // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Surely Stoke should be bottom on those figures.

  • 9 SUTTY1978 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Charnley made two massive mistakes in the summer

    Appointing another championship chancer in McClaren
    Trusting Carr with choosing players

  • 10 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Nice to see that big brush generously smearing Thauvin with Cabella paint, a handful of games in. He may well be another lightweight cheese eating etc but even I will give him a bit more time than that ha ha

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    jeff/jib/jane doesn’t like French African mercenaries or anyone he perceives to be a French African mercenary !

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    He’s not a Championship chancer until we’ve played ten games !

  • 13 SUTTY1978 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    If any player deserves to be dropped for their performance against West Ham , it’s Colback, waste of space!

    Agree woth bringing in all three players mentioned but not necessarily the players out or the positions shown in Ed’s lineup

  • 14 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Sutty I don’t think so. I think it’s more a case of it taking Charnsworth far too long to do something about our stagnation. In fact he’s got a way to go before he gets to the proactive stage. There’s been so much damage done to this club by these idiots, give the coaching staff a break, they’ve got a lot of giving to do. We gave Pardew years remember. Him and carver,stone,woodman. Think about it, that’s what we had before!

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    And then he still might not be !

  • 16 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Lot of giving ha ha ( sorry Jail!) it should be lot of fixing.

  • 17 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Who jeff doesn’t like is hardly an exclusive club.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    I remember when there was debate over Colback being captain, I posted a comment in The Mag that the reason he shouldn’t be captain is that you have to be fist name on the team sheet to be captain and I said he’s not good enough. I got slaughtered !

  • 19 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Did I get an answer as to where toonbottler was from? Am curious where toon fans who don’t know what the SBR foundation is are from

    Anyway moving forward Jail just stick to betting with a more reputable source…in fact everyone moving forward bet responsibly u bunch of heathens!

    On topic (finally) this article is surely just an opinion piece? Surely claiming this is likely to happen is a little misleading I expected McClaren quote around shaking things up, ah well I reckon this is not likely to happen

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Oh no, I made a typo, tin hat on jeffs about !

  • 21 SUTTY1978 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Jail, so give him 10 games and what? If he’s won one is that ok? If we’re on 5 points is that ok? Is he saying we will be crap for all the first 10 games and then will play like Barcelona? Do we have to wait until the 11th game for a win? Even if we won three from the next five we would only have 11 points from 10 games, which frankly is shite in anyones book. Cant see us getting that so I already know that after 10 games, when his own timeframe has run out he will not have done enough for me to think he is doing a good job!

  • 22 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    That’s when colbacks keen attitude and hard work made people think he was international quality. Dear oh dear oh dear.

  • 23 beermonkey // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    thauvin v ayew

    never seen either really till they joined the prem ayew seems to have hit the ground running and fair play to him
    for me we are not yet an established top10 club and the African cup annoys the hell out of me
    last season didn’t we lose abied and tiote to injuries in the middle of our season
    our squad is pretty thin on quality we cant afford to lose players to the acon so for that reason I would steer clear

    a better quality squad and it wouldn’t matter that we lost 1 2 but not yet

  • 24 Jib // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    No bigger fan of Chancel Mbemba than me.
    You’re quite a sly sneaky little piece of work aren’t you ?

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Can you imagine paddy power giving you odds on a match and after you made saying it would be fairer if we gave you less odds, then offered to pay you your bet back in low denomination Yemese rial coins !

  • 26 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Ha ha ha ha jeff ha ha ha no stop please ha ha ha sly piece of work no don’t, stop it ha ha ha ha!!!!

  • 27 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Hmm I like Colback, far more than Anita, but moving forward Colback needs to be improved upon or improve its true. Attitude wise he probably does fit the captain role similar to Nolan for me

    I don’t think Colo should be captain best option atm for me would be Janmaat or Mitrovic (be a laugh wouldn’t it)

  • 28 jail for blatter // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Well well yet another fifa secretary becomes suspended and is released from duty. an owner causing mayhem to a club is bad enough but even he can’t be put into as bad a person as that fat tw@t blatter.

    Blatter out

  • 29 SUTTY1978 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    I expect perhaps one token change from the WH game, probably Thauvin out and Obertan in! Whatever the changes are it wont be what we hope it will be!

  • 30 jail for blatter // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    probably comes as no suprise to see another fifa secutary suspended.
    Blatter out

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    No Jib I’m not,
    Jeff from Benwell // Feb 19, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Take them 1 by 1
    Jose Enrique thought playing for the bindippers would get him more Spanish caps – mug
    Cabaye likewise for France – the World cup has been and gone he is still getting spelks in his ass on the bench at PSG -mug
    Debuchy doubled his wages at Arsenal – I hope his shoulder turns gangrenous and his arm falls off – mug
    Ba and Remy pure African mercenaries
    Unless of course it wasn’t you who said that !

  • 32 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Nitro as skipper. Yeeeeeesssssss……weeeellllllll…

    No more defenders as Captain no no no. I vote the surprise package and get Colo to hand in his gun and his badge. Give it to Wijnaldum.

  • 33 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Haha I know mate as I said pretty underhanded all round for me if we beat Watford and toonbottler pays up 100 of her majesty’s finest to a charity then he will gain a touch of credibility back but that’s not going to happen is it

    But lesson learnt mate and SBR foundation will appreciate the donation and true colours were shown

  • 34 beermonkey // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:29 PM


    we never get the changes we want

    but then do any fans of there respected clubs

  • 35 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Quack Quack Quack – yep it’s definitely a duck. Jib/jeff.

  • 36 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    A lot of you seem confused. This is modern football under McLaren. In modern football you don’t try to get shots or score on the opponents goal. No…. In modern football as we play it, we try for the reverse clean sheet. That happens when the opponent scores and we don’t….So far we have been excellent at it. I don’t mind clearing that up for you lot. It takes a bit of getting used to….

  • 37 SUTTY1978 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    WW, the player I have seen acting most like a captain is most surprisingly Mbemba? The lad doesnt even speak english but I’ve seen him barking out orders at corners etc.
    Colback just annoys me because he runs so much but contributes so little and he’s always in the wrong place. In the WH match when we were “pushing” for a goal he stood aimlessly on the edge of their box, not actually getting involved in our attack but not being where he should be in order to stop their counter attacking. The best thing that I can say about him is that he shows willing.

  • 38 toonking // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    i’ve attempted to put this down under a name simular to JFA only mine would be jail for blatter but it’s said to be awaiting modifcation so unsure if it will come up.

    just in case
    Well well yet another fifa secretary becomes suspended and is released from duty. an owner causing mayhem to a club is bad enough but even he can’t be put into as bad a person as that fat tw@t blatter.

    Blatter out

  • 39 SUTTY1978 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Reverse clean sheet, we’ve spent years perfecting that, sometimes we have managed to hand out some hammering reverse clean sheet victories, Scousers and mackems spring to mind!

  • 40 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Haha well he’s going to be talking to the ref most anyway! Just cuts out the middle man! May be a future captain though mark my words once he calms down

    Gini I thought about wont lie but I think at this point would be asking a lot from him and it would add power to the Dutch clique which no doubt exists. Ideally it would be de Jong but fitness seems to be his trouble

  • 41 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Fifa has been like the employee who stole from the till. Just a coin or two at first, but over time emboldened by success and eventually caught by taking wads of notes.

    Fifa became so obviously corrupt especially during the last bids for the WC it was a matter of time before the whole lot collapsed. The worst part about it is that it’s totally self regulating and unaccountable, so all that will happen is a new hierarchy of crooks will become the incumbents.

  • 42 Mag52 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    The Watford match, if we don’t get three points from it, will mark the end of the McClaren honeymoon.
    As the pressure increases on him, I’m not that sure that he’ll cope with it that well.

  • 43 goommy // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Agreed, Colback wasn’t good enough to be starter. At first I thought our problem was on defensive line but now I’m pretty sure it’s on our midfield and striker. We need real DMC like Tiote and striker with good pace like Ayoze and Mitrovic on starting lineup.

    Hope we get 3pt next game. Must be..

  • 44 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Far too quick at hammering managers and scouts or whatever it is on here..

    Im just thinking, how many managers or scouts are going to be targetted while these policies remain by Ashley?

    Because nout is going to change on the field whilst they remain..

    The job is too difficult to achieve anything, until a manager gets to pick his own players and builds a squad he deems fit for purpose, it’s always going to be difficult.

    50 mil isn’t going to matter much because the policies are still the same, too many gambles. No manager can succeed if you ask me. But, it ain’t the managers or scouts fault, not by a long shot. They don’t set the level of ambition.

    We have spent money, but really, it hasn’t been to fill positions really needed with quality and experience, It’s a bet on future income through re-sales.

    Until the policies change with recruitment, it dosn’t really matter who is coaching the first team. It will never be good enough.

    We wouldn’t have to spend 50 mil if the footballing side had been looked after properly in the first place. It should be building and upgrading year after year slowly, replacing, not fast tracking in 4-5 players at a time into the first team when we are desperate through neglect.

    Im glad they have spent, but im not convinced because the policies remain which will stunt any growth on the playing side. Players will be sold, we will start over, gambles will be took instead of bringing in proven experienced Premier League players because of their age or the want of 80k a week.

    These policies just do not work and it’s Ashley’s doing. He won’t buy unless he makes money. If McClaren fails, another manager will be getting some heat due to Ashley’s policies next season and so on and so on. Pardew and Carver got it, now it seems Carr is being brought to the frontline.

    There is only one man to blame really.

  • 45 James RS // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Yes that’s a better line up… Drop Cisse and Anita; my choice too.

  • 46 Sav // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Perez should be in no.10 role, not leading the line. His skill and movement make him a good candidate whereas de Jong still has shown nothing. As for Cisse, of course he is demoralised and off the pace – he hasn’t been playing until Mitro got himself banned.

  • 47 BangladeshToonArmy // Sep 18, 2015 at 4:39 AM

    I have been supporting the toon army since boyhood. I used tobbe in UK but now live abroad but have never missed a match even if I have to watch it through webcast. My heart bleeds when I see Newcastle a champion league contender at the bottom of the table. Clearly most of the buyers bought this summer are not finished product. Come December I suggest we sell the folllowingq players

    1. Sissoko
    2. Cisse
    3. Tiote
    4. Goufran
    5. Williamson
    7. Obertan
    And with that money (presuming Ashley won’t give any money) buy 1.charlie Austin (I Dont care if he has a bad knee or not thean can score and we need goals) and 2. A proper centre back. Make Perez and jong a regular to instill attacking attitude.
    PLEaSE TAKE ACTION Ashley.. U lose money when the team loses but we lose the will to ki e or to go to work.

  • 48 robertsleftfoot // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    McClaren wont make any changes IMO, dont see how he will leave his £15million winger out in a home game against a team who are expected to struggle.

    He has limited options at the back and probably has been picking the best available.

    Midfield is a jumble sale of a job. Colback tries his best, works his socks off but is a squad player not this 1st name of the team sheet like people say. Anita has improved leaps and bounds, would prefer Sissoko to start in the middle with Wjinaldum, then Anita, then Colback, then Tiote.

    On the wings I would start with Aarons and then Thauvin, they could alternate and swap throughout matches.

    I think Perez would be a good number 10 as he can go past his man, pull out wide to either wing and drag defenders around to create space, as back up SDJ who brings something a little different but probably once up to speed could be a very good turn.

    Up front I think Mitrovic needs to be given a little time, he is a little too eager and needs to learn how to go on but his work ethic is something which will always impress. He wants to win every ball and wants to chase defenders down, if things are not working out for him we can give him a break and then we can move Perez up front and put SDJ in the No10 position. Obviously we have Cisse to consider but to be honest his lack of movement without the ball and his point blank refusal to consider chasing a full back down p*ssed me off when he was scoring scorchers let alone now.

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