Rafa Benitez has had problems giving games to a number of players in his squad simply because there have so few injuries so far this season.
But it looks like Christian Atsu will get another start against Cardiff at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
That’s because the very talented Matt Richie picked up his 5th yellow of the season on Saturday at Deepdale and therefore will be suspended for one game.
Christian Atsu likely to get start against Cardiff City
Atsu had an impressive game on Tuesday night against Preston with Matt also starting that game.
With Matt out it’ s another chance for the 24 year-old Ghanaian International to further his claim to become a permanent Newcastle player as soon as January.
Christian is on a season long loan deal with Newcastle having an option to buy him and the 24 year-old has certainly been an impressive player for us so far this season.
He;s fast and skillful on the right wing and he has a lethal left foot.
Such is the strength of the Newcastle squad that Matt will not be missed too much – although the Scottish International has been a standout player for Newcastle since he joined us from Bournemouth in the summer.
With Matt out maybe it’s a chance for Mitro to score from a penalty if we get one on Saturday?
Jonjo Shelvey and local lad Paul Dummett have 4 yellow cards at the moment so another one on Saturday and they will miss the trip to Leeds United on Sunday, November 20th.
That’s an early kick-off game in our first game following the International break.
That’s going to be a tough game at Elland Road and it’s important they don’t pick up a yellow on Saturday.