Andros Townsend starts for Newcastle tonight at Everton and the other good news is that Seydou Doumbia has got his visa and has been cleared to play and he’s on the bench with the number 22 shirt.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has been dropped with Ayoze Perez up front in the starting line-up and Paul Dummett is back in at left-back.
Everton (4-2-3-1): Joel Robles; Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka (c), Ramiro Funes Mori, Bryan Oviedo; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Aaron Lennon, Ross Barkley, Tom Cleverley; Romelu Lukaku
Substitutes: Jindrich Stanek, Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Gerard Deulofeu, Arouna Kone
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend; Ayoze Perez
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles, Steven Taylor, Yoan Gouffran, Rolando Aarons, Seydou Doumbia, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
This is a new look Newcastle side with the three of the four January signings starting the game.
We must get something out of this game tonight.
For Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is out injured and in comes Robles.
Steve McClaren has to stop talking about how good we were when we lose games – 12 so far in the league and we’ve only played 23 games – so more than half lost.
It’s all about results starting tonight at Goodison Park.
We need to get wins on the board.
This is what Steve McClaren said about the game tonight – initially about Doumbia’s availability, which wasn’t know at the time:
“We’re hoping Doumbia will be available for Everton) – it’s touch and go.” “But if against Everton, then definitely Saturday.”
“He hasn’t played in the Premier League and hasn’t trained for a couple of weeks, so he may take a while to adapt.”
“But he has a record of goals and adds to our competition for places.” “Mitrovic has been our only recognized number nine for a while.”
“But with Doumbia coming in and Cisse back in three or four weeks, we have strikers who can score goals.”
“Everton are a very difficult opponent with that crowd behind them at home.” “It will be a great atmosphere, as it always is for a night game.”
“This season’s defeats have all hurt, but that one against Everton was cruel.” “But two days later we recovered and gave a good performance against West Brom when we could have been dejected and down. (but we still lost that one too)”
“This is another opportunity. We know how good Everton are, but we have three games in 10 days and we know how important they are for us.”
Fans cannot decide on the result tonight.
We really need an outright win.
Howay The Lads!!