Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just announced the team for the tough away game at Derby County this afternoon and there’s a surprise with Jonjo Shelvey starting for Newcastle in midfield.
Newcastle: Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran, Diame, Gayle
Subs: Darlow, Yedlin, Lazaar, Clark, Hayden, Perez, Mitrovic
So there goes our theory of Shelvey only starting in home games.
Newcomers Yedlin and Lazaar are on the bench and it’s rare that Isaac Hayden doesn’t start for Newcastle these days.
But Rafa is relying on players he knows at the club and will likely introduce the more recent arrivals slowly over the next few games and as we know – there are plenty of games coming up thick and fast.
It’s close to the team we had but we had Gamez at left back and Hayden in for Shelvey.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said about Derby County:
“I think they’re a good team. They have a good manager with experience, and I think that they will be at the top. How high, I don’t know, but they will be at the top end of the table,”
“We know that they have experience in this league, and they were doing really well. When you have a good team, it’s just a question of time that they will start performing.”
“Hopefully they can wait another week, we can do well, get three points and after, I will wish them all the best.”
“It’s always important to keep winning. When you talk about winning mentality, it’s not just that you are winning, it’s also that you approach every game thinking ‘we can win – we have to win’.
“It’s football, so anything can happen, but to go with the confidence that you can win is crucial if you want to stay at the top. We have this mentality.”
About seven fans in ten think we can get a win at the iPro Stadium today.
We need the win this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!