It seemed that Rafa tried an experiment yesterday when he played a 3-5-2 formation with three at the back, two wing-backs and Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy up front.
Mitro didn’t last too long unfortunately, going off injured with a knee injury after Daryl Murphy had put Newcastle ahead after only 5 minutes, with his very first goal for the club.
Yoan Gouffran came on and played up front and looked good during the game.
Rafa Benitez – trying out different systems
As seems usual these days Newcastle were on top for the first 20 minutes but we couldn’t add to our goal and Birmingham came back into the game – equalized just before half time – and it ended up in a rare draw – 1-1.
Maybe Rafa is thinking of having two strikers up front and a couple of fast wing backs in Lazaar and Yedlin could potentially open up opposing defenses.
It does seem we have the type of players to play in a 3-5-2 system with the attacks coming down the wings.
It could be the system Rafa is thinking of emplying in the future when we are without Jonjo Shelvey.
But when Shelvey returns after the game at Brentford on Saturday, it may be that Newcastle revert back to the usual 4-2-3-1 formation with just one striker up front.
But it will now be interesting to see which system Rafa will use at Griffin Park next Saturday.
It could be that he keeps to the 3-5-2 formation and with Mitro not available for that game we could even see Daryl Murphy and Dight Gayle up front together for Newcastle.
What do you think?