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McClaren Selection Could Cause Controversy Against Villa

4:28 pm, Friday, December 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

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.

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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.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon Tang // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    He’s going to try ye olde ‘bring the 2 strikers on when we’re 1-0 down and rescue it, therefore becoming even more of a godlike genius’ routine.

    I love that routine…

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    How endearing to see the object of someone’s undying affection being steadfastly defended, and the very idea that bad publicity has any effect on the revered personage of the adorable Mr Michael Ashley being roundly eschewed. I noticed this exchange earlier –

    Average_Contents // Dec 18, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Who said he’s impervious to pressure? He is a law unto himself but obviously there’s been that much bad publicity and no doubt pressure applied by other shareholders that they’ve had to react.?

    Jib // Dec 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    I think Ashley is more responsive to the City , than unions and lefty newspapers.

    So, Ray/Jeff/etc., I wonder if you could wipe away the clouds on this particular query, namely, who is it, if not Unions and ‘lefty’ newspapers, that brings the highlighted misdemeanours of SD and it’s Supremo to the attention of the ‘ City’? Perhaps you know of a whistle-blower scheme that Mike has installed, or some other charitable concern for his workers welfare that he has set up? We’re all ears.

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Dok – afternnon hows’ things.

    Beermonkey – you cannot be serious about Chas n’ Dave – they’re rubbish. Please don’t admit you have a few of their records – please.
    Well if you have you could always flog them to Moanster and Mug52 – thereby attaining respectability again.

    Tsunki – I did note you were the first to suggest a new job for the King – cannot understand why no-one has taken the idea further.

  • 4 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Having sampled the delights of the Spurs forum, the insightfully titled “Fighting C ocks”, as that is apparently what goes on there, which not mosey on over to and check out the Newcastle Game preview thread. I’m sure you’ll find it all warmly reminiscent of home. 🙂

  • 5 Tsunki // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    I especially like a comment on the first page –

    I knew that ‘Sob on the Tyne’ banner would backfire on us one day… Going to be a horrible last home fixture for us…

    Please don’t lose lads.

  • 6 Toon Tang // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Cheers Tsunki, always good to get a sniff of what we’re dealing with. Spurs forum lowered my IQ a few decibels so I’m hoping this ones slightly friendlier 🙂

  • 7 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    barkel from previous post

    Dummet is not fast enough to play lb. we have seen him terrorized over and over. While KM might be a anture RB, he is the best we have for now

    if you dont know why colo should sit, you arent watching close enough. He was 100% responsible for the goal last week, so im not so sure i would consider that a good performance.

  • 8 Ron Knee // Dec 18, 2015 at 4:57 PM


    The King is torn between doing the England job and managing Chelsea. Maybe Chelsea first? It’s a tough one.

  • 9 Jib // Dec 18, 2015 at 5:10 PM


    Unison have been demonstrating for nearly a year outside Shirebrook
    April 2015 – Channel 4 Dispatches “The Secrets of Sports Direct”

    Neither bothered Ashley in the least – not a jot!!


    In September after 2 bad Summers weather wise and Englands early dismissal from the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 Sports Directs sales figures were forecast to be awful and there were murmurings in the city about SD’s board needing shaking up .The figures were released in November knocking a sizeable chunk off the share price and if anything were worse than forecast, the flak from the city got heavier.

    Paradoxically the Grauniads laughable “exposé” gives him the perfect excuse to wield the knife.

    Honestly you must get your head round the fact he doesn’t give a flying fig about you , me or anyone else outside his circle.

  • 10 Bambams // Dec 18, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    I think Cisse has lost 50% of what he was, just appears to get in the way or run into offside positions.
    He may score a half chance from 30 yards and win the game….. Just cannot call it with Cisse.

    I would much rather play Mitro from the off

  • 11 lesh // Dec 18, 2015 at 6:31 PM


    Sorry to disagree with your assertion that Ashley doesn’t care what the media say about his modus operandi.

    Since the Grauniad exposed the conditions at the Shirebrook gulag, he’s to preside over an internal review of the conditions imposed on agency employed employees. He’s distanced himself and SD from criticism. He can’t though deny that warehouse employees are hounded to work harder.

    I think that he’ll deign that conditions be improved and employee searches’ll become part of the working day.

    Ashley’s image is under scrutiny and rather than risk more public outcry from the fans of NUFC, I’ve a feeling that he’ll put money up to spend on quality Prem-experienced players and change his parsimonious attitude towards his running of the Club.

    We’ll have to wait and see if Ashley changes his ways but, strange things happen.

  • 12 ToonInPlym // Dec 18, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Should definitely start de jong over them both just behind the striker, think he’s been improving when he starts, creates chances and just has that cutting edge of given the chance. That doesn’t mean not starting Perez. I think starting cisse over ayoze or mitrovic is ridiculous. Perez and mitro have all the qualities Cisse doesn’t. Heading ability, the ability to stay onside, holding the ball up. The list goes on!

  • 13 bladeuser // Dec 18, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    CISSE is finished should b gone in January or end of season he is slow and past it stop p@@@@@@ of perez and mitro they are the future Cisse is the past
    SHEEP Out

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