Steve McClaren has just announced the Newcastle team for the game against West Ham today at St. James’ Park and Jonjo Shelvey starts the game and will make his debut today.
Henri Saivet is on the bench.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ayoze Perez; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Subs: Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles, Henri Saivet, Yoan Gouffran, Rolando Aarons, Emmanuel Riviere, Ivan Toney
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Adrian; James Tomkins, James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell; Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble (c); Michail Antonio, Cheikhou Kouyate, Dimitri Payet; Enner Valencia
Subs: Darren Randolph, Carl Jenkinson, Winston Reid, Alex Song, Josh Cullen, Victor Moses, Nikica Jelavic
Siem de Jong has an eye injury but it’s good to see Rolando Aarons and Emmanuel Reviere back from injury – but no Florian Thauvin.
We really need all 3 points today.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about West Ham who are up to 5th top in the Premier League and on 35 points and that’s almost double Newcastle’s points total of 18 and they have lost only four game compared to Newcastle’s eleven:
“West Ham have done really well. Slaven Bilic has put together a very good squad,” “I admire and respect Slaven Bilic a lot. He came into a difficult job at a difficult time but has settled straight away.”
“West Ham are solid, with good balance and have four or five attackers who can impact a game. That’s why they are doing well.”
“Payet is a very good player and he’s proved it,” “He’s a player we have to look out for but there’s other as well. They have many threats but certainly Payet has returned from injury with a bang and is a danger.”
“As for us, we’ve done really well against Manchester United and we’ve got to start turning the corner and follow up one good result with another.”
“It’s the second half of the season and it’s all about results – that’s what we’ve got to do and we’ve got the opportunity to do that tomorrow against West Ham.”
It’s a long time since a majority of fans think we will win a game – but that’s what it is for this important game today.
Howay The Lads!!