With Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic having done so well in the second half last Sunday at White Hart Lane there have been calls this week to start both of them tomorrow against Aston Villa in a game we should win.
Newcastle have played the same side in the last two games since the disgrace at Crystal Palace in wins over Liverpool and Spurs and we have an inkling that Steve McClaren will again start the same side for the third time in a row.
This will give some much needed playing time to Siem de Jong, who still needs to become a lot sharper, and will give Papiss Cisse another chance to prove he should start in front of the 21 year-old Serbian International who looked good against Tottenham.
Siem de Jong – likely to start against Aston Villa
Cheick Tiote is fit again after his groin strain and will likely be on the bench.
So this is the team we expect against Aston Villa tomorrow:
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Siem de Jong; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Kevin Mbabu, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez
McClaren may be tempted to start Mitrovic in place of Cisse and that would provide more physical presence up front and that could help Siem de Jong.
If we don’t show enough threat up front in the first half Steve could start with Perez and Mitrovic in the second half.
It’s clear that Perez and Mitrovic will both figure tomorrow in a game that we should win and it would be a great Xmas present to the fans from the players if we can get all 3 points after what has been a terrible year for the club.
70% of fans think we will win this game and that may be dangerous.