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Is This Newcastle’s Best Team For Fulham?

3:10 pm, Thursday, August 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

It could be that Rafa Benitez picks a conservative team to play our first match for over six years in the Championship tomorrow night at Fulham.

It’s too soon for new signings Ciaran Clark and Mo Diame to participate and we don’t even expect them to be on the bench although they will travel with the squad.

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Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain for first competitive game

The difficult positions that Rafa has to choose are the two holding midfielders – and it’s absolutely obvious he will start Vurnon Anita somewhere.

So this is the side he could start tomorrow night:

Sels
Janmaat Mbemba Lascelles (c) Dummett
Colback Anita
Ritchie Perez Aarons
Gayle
Subs: Darlow Sterry Gamez Hanley Tiote Hayden Shelvey 

That’s a defensive looking pair without much creativity in Colback and Anita and maybe Hayden could get a start in place of Colback?

Raga could even start Vurnon on the right hand side of midfield to the exclusion of Rolando Aarons – which is basically the side he started against Vitesse with Mbemba fit again and back in for Hanley.

When the more recently arrived players settle in more we will see Grant Hanley pushing for a start at center-back and Hayden, Clark and Mo Diame all pushing for a starting role.

Ciaran Clark will be pushing for a center-back berth, but since he’s left footed and can play at full-back – he will be competing with Paul Dummett for a start at left back.

We think Rafa will pick the players tomorrow who have played most in pre-season so they are used to playing together.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jeraziah // Aug 4, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Anita + Colback as Central Midfielders.. my god… We’re in trouble.

  • 2 BeeGuy // Aug 4, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    It will be a fluiky goal or two for the home side and a uncalled for NUFC sending off, and Fulham will walk away with it.

  • 3 Slank // Aug 4, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    That team looks weak in midfield. The team needs three in midfield. It needs either Hayden or Tiote with Aarons making way.

  • 4 Jib // Aug 4, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Dummett Dummett Dummett Dummett Dummett Dummett Dummett Dummett Dummett Dummett
    Dummett

  • 5 WLtoon // Aug 4, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    I would play Hayden and Shelvey instead of Colback and Anita.

  • 6 TorontoToon // Aug 4, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Colbeck??? You must be having a laugh. Hayden, Shelvey or even Tiote would be a better choice. Personally I’d go with Hayden, and Shelvey in the middle. And could honestly see Anita playing a more advanced role under Rafa, but who knows seems to play him all over the place.

  • 7 juan // Aug 4, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    I wouldn’t play colback or dummett. Hayden/Shelvey for colback. Gamez for dummett. Id love the club to get rid of colback. Very very poor player.

  • 8 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 4, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    No way Dummett and Colback. They are useless. Rather play Hayden and Anita.

  • 9 Moonraker15 // Aug 4, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Time will tell how good the players and team is but one thing is absolutely certain; Rafa Benitez is pure class and I am proud to have him as our manager. Those players must feel 10 ft tall working for him! I know it’s daft but I feel we are invincible!

  • 10 dannitoon // Aug 5, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Hopefully u ain’t picking the team

    Darlow
    Janmaat
    Lachelles
    Mbemba
    Jesus

    Hayden
    Anita

    Shelvey
    Ritchie
    Perez

    Gayle




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