Newcastle are hoping that both Rob Elliot and Daryl Janmaat will be fit for the game at Bournemouth on Saturday, but we have to say our goalkeeping situation seems to be just a little dodgy – with Elliot still suffering from a thigh injury just like he was about a year ago when substituting for the injured Tim Krul.
Rob Elliot – still troubled by his thigh injury
The coaching staff are hoping he will be able to start the game, but we wonder if he will be able to finish the game and on the subs bench we will again have 18 year-old England U19 International Freddie Woodman, who is yet to make his debut for the Magpies.
We will assume that both Rob and Daryl Janmaat – who injured his knee against Stoke will be fit for the game on the south coast which is a vital game for Newcastle we try to get our second league win of the season in our 12th game.
It’s almost certain that head coach Steve McClaren will name an unchanged side – all being well on the injury front.
So this is the side we expect to start at Bournemouth in a 4-4-2 formation:
Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Anita Tiote Wijnaldum
Subs: Woodman Mbabu Lascelles Gouffran Thauvin de Jong Cisse
Massadio Haidara was injured in the Newcastle U21 2-0 win against Aston Villa on Monday night and Rolando Aarons picked up a serious foot injury in training last Friday so they are not available, but Kevin Mbabu is fully fit again.
Ivan Toney and Callum Roberts had excellent games in the U21 game last Monday with Callum scoring both games late in the game and Toney setting him up for both goals – and one of the Newcastle youngsters could replace Gouffran on the bench.
Excuses are starting to run out why Newcastle have won only once this season in eleven league games so we hope to see our lads not only play well but get a good win too.