Darlow And Dummett Start – Hanley On Bench

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just announced the team for the penultimate friendly at Southend United in this summer’s pre-season.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Isaac Hayden; Rolando Aarons, Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez; Dwight Gayle
Substitutes: Matz Sels, Jamie Sterry, Grant Hanley, Jack Colback, Henri Saivet, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Adam Armstrong, Aleksandar Mitrovic

Mitrovic is suspended for the first four games of the season and is on the bench as Rafa tries out potential starting line-ups for a week on Friday at Fulham in the first game.

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow gets only his second start in pre-season and Paul Dummett gets a start at left back with Daryl Janmaat at right back – with young Jamie Sterry on the bench.

Vurnon Anita and Isaac Hayden get their chance as the two holding midfielders, so Rafa has a number of players who can play there, but Cheick Tiote is not in the squad for tonight.

Shelvey gets a chance in the number 10 role with the two wingers being Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Perez with Dwight Gayle upfront.

27 comments so far

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 26, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Be interesting to see how they line up. Shelvey in the CAM role,perez and aarons either side?

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 26, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #2

    It looks like Hayden is earmarked for the Tiote role.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 26, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Where’s Matt Ritchie.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Groin welshy me auld mucka

  • lukes26

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Shelvey’s our “flair” player..much like late career lampard, gerrard or pirlo

    he’s a positive offensively; but a massive liability defensively.

    its essential that he’s surrounded by athletic midfielders, because they have to cover his position

  • Readingmag

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Tiote s off – according to SKY !

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Thanks jail

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Was hoping Sterry would be in the starting lineup to tonight, hope he plays well tonight to stake his claim for first team football.

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #9

    I see the Northern Football correspondent for the Daily Telegraph has tweeted the following:

    Ian Davidson ?@IanDavidsonTF 9m9 minutes ago

    .@OM_Officiel are hoping to conclude the signing of Florian Thauvin from @nufc for £6m. #nufc

    Lets see if this is true

  • Tsunki

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #10

    You didn’t rubbish anybody, Jib? Hmmm…

    7Jib // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Jail meant NUFC manager with the best cv and you knew it
    Footy blogs the last refuge of boring nitpicking pedants”


  • Munster Mag

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail, wtf are you on about?? Re your discussions with Lilongwe , I criticised rafa for some of his early work with us, so what. Some of s are smart enough and opinionated enough to call things for what they are, or at least give a strong opinion. Like anyone I am thrilled to have rafa, but for some reason I cant state that IMO, rafa played Sissoko in an odd position in 2-3 games or more, not just leiscester. similarly I cant say he was too defensive v Makems at home???? Or Villa away?? Sorry, is this the ” thou shalt not criticise Rafa, ever” blog ?

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Gamez banned for tonight’s game. Tiote did not travel with strong rumours he is on his way out to the Middle East for a big money move #nufc

  • Tsunki

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Tiote is going to need a new fake driving license and falsified insurance for his new home.

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #14

    No promises but this looks a possibility.

    I know I know my record is shite thus far.



    “hope springs eternal in the human breast”

    A quote from An Essay on Man (1734) by Alexander Pope.

  • gaz 44

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Don’t be surprised if this is the line up for the starting game with perhaps gamez coming in.. Rafa said recently he will be starting to play what he feels is his strongest eleven in the friendlys and this can’t be far off that

  • manxpie

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #16

    well tiote was immense on his day but for the wages he must be on and his injury record the last 2 years its probably right for him to go now hopefully a new signing lined up soon then

  • manxpie

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #17

    aye gaz i think that looks about as close to the starting lineup we’ve seen so far apart from ritchie

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    You sure you don’t work for the Daily Mail ?
    You’re excellent at selective quotes.
    Slank had earlier referred to his pedantry and took no offence at all.
    Why do you feel the need to involve yourself in dialogue that took place when you weren’t even logged on ?
    Seek help laddy or start talking to your wife

  • manxpie

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #19

    still can’t believe the club don’t show the friendlies i’t bring in extra cash and they obviously film it as they show the highlights!

  • lochinvar

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Tiote is not in the squad and rumours he’s moving on seems to ring true. Maybe China beckons.

    Without Townsend,Tiote,Gina and Moussa not around lets hope the team gels and can impose themselves on opposition without the big time Charlies…

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #21

    On Tiote
    The king is dead long live the king
    Young Isaac Hayden that is.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Is Alex Pritchard of Spurs a defensive Midfielder.

  • Dukis22lt

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #23

    if anyone knows someone who is attending the game please ask them to periscope it. otherwise another disappointment.

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Whingeing away on youtube ha ha ha

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib if you think that is a valid link then your a bigger idiot than a took you for (which is tough going tbh).

    Welsh Pritchard is an attacking midfielder who generally plays centrally but can play wide also.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #26


    Cheers mate, just though I’d ask because i thought with tiote going that’s why we are being linked with the player.

  • Graeme

    Jul 26, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Tiote allegedly in talks with Al Jazira in UAE!! from SSN


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