With Fabricio Coloccini out injured for about a month with a calf injury, a good question now is what should the back four be against Stoke and in particular who should the two center-backs be.
Chancel Mbemba is still out injured and we have no word from the club as to whether he has any chance to be fit for the game at Stoke – so for the purposes of this discussion let’s assume he is not available.
Jamaal Lascelles – could be big chance for 22 year-old
The obvious choice in that case would be Steven Taylor and Jamaal Lascelles although Daryl Janmaat did play in central defense last season when called upon, but maybe we shouldn’t tinker too much with the back four and just leave Daryl at right back.
We also don’t know if Paul Dummett will be fit for the game at Stoke, but again let’s assume he’s not available with that hamstring problem of his playing up almost all this season.
Again the obvious choice would be to play the experienced Jack Colback there – and one thing you know about Jack is that he will show up for the away games.
So this could be a possible back four with Colo, Mbemba and Dummett all out injured.
Janmaat Taylor Lascelles Colback
Vurnon Anita can also play in either full-back spot and he has played well for Newcastle when he’s played there.
Jamaal doesn’t have the experience and as we saw with Rolando Aarons at Chelsea that can be a potential problem – especially in the big games and the final 12 games are all massive for Newcastle.
But Jamaal has looked good when he’s played in the first team and he’s a threat from set plays so he’s worth a start at Stoke City.
If we are going to survive this season we need some heroes to come through.
An alliterative at left back is young Liam Gibson who played well there on Saturday against Lillestrom but again the 18 year-old is not experienced and it’s asking a lot of the lad to play at Stoke in such a crucial game in our fight against relegation.
And 20 year-old Jamie Sterry is also highly thought of at Newcastle.
What would your back four be for Stoke?
It seems the captain is odds on to be Jonjo Shelvey and he deserves a chance at leading the Newcastle side and he doesn’t remain quiet on the field either – and in our current situation that’s good.