I’ll be at the hospital for most of the day so will not be around when Rafa holds his press conference later today.
So we’ll put out the team we think Rafa could start tomorrow against West Ham.
We’ll make the assumption that new signing Florian Lejeune is fit again after picking up that ankle injury in the first half of our first game at home to Tottenham.
It’s a crucial game for Newcastle and Rafa Benitez tomorrow.
And we suppose a positive is the first team players were rested on Wednesday night.
We lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest in the League Cup, and the manager made 10 changes from the side that had lost 1-0 at Huddersfield.
Rafa Benitez and Newcastle need a win tomorrow
However, if we had won on Wednesday night, we would have been drawn away to Chelsea.
Here’s the side we think Rafa could start tomorrow:
Manquillo Lejeune Lascelles (c) Clark
Ritchie Perez Aarons
We have Lejeune starting the game with Ciaran Clark at left back, and yes, it’s a bit hard on Chancel Mbemba who played very well at Huddersfield in the left back position.
Chancel could keep his place, and Rafa could start Lejeune on the bench with Lascelles and Clark in central defense.
We have Rolando Aarons starting, but with his cramp problems on Wednesday, he could start on the bench as a precaution with Atsu keeping his place in the starting eleven.
We’d like to see Joselu given a start up front since he has a lot more physical presence than Dwight Gayle.
What would your team be for tomorrow’s crucial game?
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