McClaren Now Likely To Stick With These Players

Amazingly Mike Williamson has been training only two days at Newcastle and he has picked up a hamstring injury  and with Jamaal Lascelles having picked up a hamstring injury last Saturday – which is why Mike was recalled.

That’s two center-backs not available for Sunday’s very tough game against Liverpool.

So that’s one reason we think Steve McClaren – whether he was going to replace Coloccini or not – will now likely stick with his captain.

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Moussa Sissoko – poor form this season

The Chronicle is reporting that Steve McClaren has also had a heart to heart talk with Newcastle’s massively underperforming midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Moussa has put in too many performances this season where he seems uninterested and is hardly in the game.

One good example of that was last week at Crystal Palace and after playing quite well int he first ten minutes he disappeared once Newcastle were 2-1 down after 17 minutes – like a lot of other Newcastle players.

In his press conference today, Steve McClaren never mentioned Moussa but he did mention one player had said to him the players were lacking confidence because we have only five wins in 33 league games this year – thought to be Sissoko.

We expected Moussa to be dropped after his display at Palace – but it looks like he will keep faith with him, but we will not know until an hour before the game on Sunday afternoon.

But if he has had a heart to heart talk with him that’s a probable precursor to giving him (yet) another chance,  although it’s still possible that a chance will be given to Siem de Jong.

Quite honestly Siem is such a talented player with good leadership qualities that he should have been given a chance long before now.

We are hoping Siem gets a chance on Sunday, but it wouldn’t surprise us if Steve McClaren again sticks with Coloccini and Sissoko.

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