Rafa Benitez must change the side for the game against Swansea on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park – and although Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko may be two of our best technical players, they should be dropped for Saturday, because they didn’t turn up for the game last Saturday.
Anybody who doesn’t give 100% in any one game this season should automatically be left out of the next game and those two were nowhere to be seen on Saturday – not for the first time in away games this season either.
Fab Coloccini and Paul Dummett both trained all last week, so they should be fit enough to start on Saturday and we need some proper defenders brought into the side asap and hopefully they can both start playing well.
Paul Dummett – could return on Saturday
Jonjo Shelvey has not done much in the last few games, but he will likely retain his place and hopefully Jonjo will start t0 show some good form in central midfield.
Giving Henri Saivet a start in central midfield wouldn’t be a bad idea either and the 25 year-old Ivorian hasn’t been given a chance since Rafa came in.
So there are at the very least four changes Rafa could make and he may have other ideas of course – but we have waited too long to drop our two “stars ” in Gini and Moussa – two players who will be first out of the door at the end of the season when we are relegated.
It’s not yet quite a lost cause for Newcastle with both Sunderland and Norwich also managing to lose over the weekend, so we didn’t lose anything on those other two sides fighting relegation.
However, we are the club who have the points to make up if we are going to survive, and because of the way we played we probably should have lost points on therm but we didn’t – so we’ll take that as a positive.
Wijnaldum and Sissoko could come back and play for the side in the next games and who knows, being dropped hopefully will get a positive reaction out of them.
Nobody in the Newcastle side should be undroppable, especially given the dire situation Newcastle are in at the moment, where our survival is down to a very slim chance at best.