We have our second friendly in Germany this afternoon at Wolfsburg, and after that, we play Verona at home on Sunday afternoon, and that’s our preseason over.
Then we start a week on Sunday at home against Tottenham who were runners-up in the Premier League last season.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how we do against Spurs but from what we see from Rafa Benitez he is quickly zoning in on what the team will be to start that game in 11 days time.
Jonjo Shelvey – could be captain against Spurs
Rob Elliot will likely be in goal and with Jamaal Lascelles injured it looks like the two center-backs will be new-boy Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark.
We really like the look of Lejeune – he looks a class player.
The full backs look to be DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett although Jesus Gamez has looked solid and he could even start at left back.
We expect Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey to start in central midfield although Mikel Merino will be pushing Isaac for the holding midfield spot once he’s fully match-fit.
The two wingers are likely to be Ritchie and new boy Jacob Murphy and of course up front is Dwight Gayle.
Rolando Aarons could force his way into the starting eleven although he would be an excellent impact sub.
Siem de Jong hasn’t been entirely convincing in the number 10 spot, but we expect him to start with Perez or Diame two players who could fill that position.
So the team is looking like this for the Spurs game:
Yedlin Lejeune Clark Dummett
Shelvey (c) Hayden
Ritchie de Jong Murphy
We put Shelvey as captain, so he has more responsibility for the side.
There are only two new players there in Lejeune and Murphy, and we’re sure Rafa would have expected more new players to start in the Spurs game – but it hasn’t worked out as expected.
Not yet anyway.
A win against Spurs would really be something.
What would your team be for Spurs?