The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Banner created by Reilly - one of our readers
Howay The Lads!!

This Could Be Newcastle’s Best Team Against Brighton

10:49 pm, Friday, August 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Rolando Aarons are unfit or cannot play tomorrow and wantaway Moussa Sissoko is not being considered and is not in the squad.

So one challenge for Newcastle tomorrow is who will score the goals for us against Brighton.

oze perez scored secodn goal

Ayoze Perez should start tomorrow

Here is the team Rafa could start tomorrow against an in-form Brighton & Hove Albion side managed by former Magpies manager Chris Hughton.

Anita Mbemba Lascelles (c) Dummett
Hayden Shelvey
Gouffran Diame Gouffran
Subs: Selz Gamez Hanley Clark Colback Riviere Armstrong

We think Karl Darlow is worth a start in goal tomorrow and he played well when in the first team last season under Rafa Benitez.

At some point we think the very experienced Jesus Gamez has to start playing in one of the two full-back spots, but Paul Dummett could get the start tomorrow, since he’s fresh having not played for the last two games.

Maybe both Emmanuel Riviere and Adam Armstrong will be on the bench and could get a run-out in the second half – especially if we are short of goals.

Only one in four fans think we will win this game.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Brighton?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Match Preview · Newcastle News · Other News

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimmysmith // Aug 26, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Obviously Ed also thinks Gouffran contributes to the depth and balance of the group. So much so he has him on both flanks, and the side looks quite capable for it.

  • 2 manxpie // Aug 26, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Double goof god help us!

  • 3 welshgeordie9 // Aug 26, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    It could be worse Ed could have picked two sissokos, two whining muppets, wish we had two Gayles up front tomorrow though.

    Ha ha ha

  • 4 welshgeordie9 // Aug 26, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    As long as the players put the effort in tomorrow then i would be happy with a draw.

  • 5 James RS // Aug 26, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Gouffran is going to be a busy boy ?
    Should be Ritchie?

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Wish we had height, don’t think Perez gonna out jump Dunk.

  • 7 Derek // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    So Ed, how do you plan on cloning Gouffran?

    If you manage to succeed with and we play that team, I think we’re definitely going to LOSE!

    Would rather see Arma and Riviere on the wings over two Gouffrans

  • 8 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Can’t get enough Gouffran, don’t care what you say. The more the merrier. Gouffranicity. Not to be scoffed at. Get those Gouffrans piled up there OK stopping now….

  • 9 magicmac // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Derek, arma is not a winger.

  • 10 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    I’m going against policy and copyrighting my headline for tomorrow-

    10Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Goofys Golden Goal Glut Grounds Gulls.©

    NOT a Free headline for you there Ed. P.O.A.


  • 11 geordie157 // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Like that side, the pace and power of Gouffran on the left or on the right or both at the same time!

    He’ll be player of the season at this rate

  • 12 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Magicmac- that may be Dereks point…. 😐

  • 13 toon kk // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Looks like Gouffran is going to be Very busy.

  • 14 OneAlanShearer // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Richie Diame Gouffran
    Subs: Selz Gamez Hanley Clark Colback Riviere Armstrong

    I’d play that to start with and move to 352 with anita pushing into midfield. Hoping for a win.

  • 15 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    The Gouffran-ran-ran…. can you remember that being sung? Ha ha that must seem a lifetime ago poor lad he’s had the dogs for the last three years. I bet he just loves Mr Pardew!

  • 16 SPRINGY // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:17 PM


  • 17 toon1707 // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Is Yedlin not availiable ???

  • 18 Tsunki // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    OneAlan- seriously, I’d stick perez behind Goofy for this. I think perez will get battered about. Gouffran should be a striker, when was the last time he got a spot there? Perez is no point man. .

  • 19 magicmac // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Tsunki, i take your point, to be honest i think we are signing to many defenders, we only have one fit winger, no target man, and not enough forwards, i honestly think if we dont get more wingers and forwards signed up, i would not be so confident about promotion this season to be honest.

  • 20 Harley // Aug 26, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Don’t think we’ll see Yedlin tomorrow, he may make the bench.

    I’m not liking the sound of this Chelsea player. Hasn’t really done it anywhere else. We desperately need a winger (a proven one). If Ritchie gets injured we are screwed.

  • 21 Magtoonpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Close but you have our best formation wrong.

    This one might work.

    Gouffran Gouffran Gouffran Goufran
    Gouffraan Gouffraanaa Gouffraanna
    Gouffrafanna. Gouffrarabbaan

    Go Rafa!

  • 22 Magtoonpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Oh I forgot subs: 1 Gouffran

previous post: Rafa Hints He Will Keep This Midfielder At Newcastle

next post: No Acceptable Sissoko Offers Yet – Newcastle May Lower Fee