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.