This Could Be Newcastle’s Strongest Side For Swansea City

We doubt that Rafa Benitez will recall Jonjo Shelvey immediately to the Newcastle starting line up for our game at Swansea City tomorrow after he’s served his three match ban.

It will be tough against Swansea who are a well-drilled and confident team under manager Paul Clement.

Chancel Mbemba is injured after his mid-week game for DR Congo in World Cup qualifying, so he’s not available to fill in for the injured Paul Dummett at left-back.

The good news is that both DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune are fit again and we expect Florian to return to the middle of Newcastle’s defense with Ciaran Clark moving over to left-back.

And Joselu should start up front and be preferred to Dwight Gayle, who we could see in the second half tomorrow.

According to assistant manager Paco – Dwight’s been training well this week.

Let’s hope Rafa Benitez can be at the game tomorrow

So here’s the side we expect to start tomorrow’s game in south Wales, with Merino and Hayden running Newcastle’s midfield.

Manquillo Lascelles (c) Lejeune Clark
Merino Hayden
Ritchie Perez Atsu

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That’s exactly what we need – all 3 points.

Howay The Lads!!

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53 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    I think that’s most peoples team choice Ed for Sunday. As I said in an earlier post it virtually picks itself but there’s always a surprise from Rafa (who I assume will pick the team even if he’s not present) so who knows.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    It might be interesting if Rafa doesn’t involve himself in the game to see how Paco manages substitutions!

  • kc2012

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d swap Perez for Jacob Murphy and switch positions with him and Ritchie and let Ritchie control things. Other than that it’s a Good lineup. Would Love to see Gayle and Big Joselu playing together as a 2 at some point in the season aswell.

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    I think anyone who thinks Shelvey won’t start is on drugs.

    We need to drop Perez and try something different (not that we have much else). I would move shelvey up and keep Hayden and merino.

  • AncientC

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #5

    I am starting to see the sense in the suggestion of Shelvey playing number 10. He is great playing the marauding role from deep, but with Merino being able to pick a pass, Shelvey further forward would mean playing more through the midfield. On top of that, imagine being a keeper and Shelvey gets an open angle on you from anything inside 25 yards – spells trouble. It would be difficult to leave one out of Shelvey, Merino, and Hayden. Interesting dilemma for sure.

  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #6

    I think that red card will be rescinded to be honest. It completely ruined that game like.

  • hellodjo

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #7

    So Nufc-83 you’d have Shelvey in place of Perez? You must of been on drugs when we beat West Ham and forgotten the game because Perez work rate off the ball was precisely why we did so well in combination with the other players, if you put Shelvey there will you get high pressing? I think not, more likely to get a late tackle and red card from frustration

  • Oldgit1

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #8

    @ ancientC merino has, according to him,has played at a no 8 and a 10, I can’t recall Shelvey playing that far forward so perhaps slot Shelvey in his normal role and push Merino forward. Could be interesting.

  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #9

    He doesn’t even look at him at any point and Tinman if Mane heads the ball he probably gets knocked out by a 14 stone odds goalkeeper lol

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 9, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Doubt Shelvey will start and I don’t think he should.

  • AncientC

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Oldgit1, that could be an interesting prospect. Merino scored a good goal from outside the box recently too, so he has the ability to shoot if other options are not on.

  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Mitrovic has this really bad habit of always looking at the player before he does anything wrong though. In that same situation Mitrovic would have looked at the goalie beforehand 100%. So it always looks deliberate when you do it.

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Hellodjo I forgot your one of the guys who thinks workrate is the be all and end all. What about playing colback in the no10 he would give you a high work rate also? Maybe we pull someone out the crowd and ask them if they want to play as long as they run their socks off?

    Shelvey often used to play higher up the pitch for Swansea. I was surprised to see him so far back since he came to Newcastle.

    Not ideal but apart from him or Richie not sure what else we have (maybe Gayle).

  • hellodjo

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Perez more than earned his place, he did well in the 2nd half showing a lot more than just work rate, great ball through to mitro for the 3rd goal and also put Ritchie in with a back heel drawing in 2 players. To be honest I just find your statements such as ‘we’re all on drugs’ for having a different opinion to you over the top and ridiculous

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Perez has been poor over the full season so far a decent 20mins does not justify a place in the starting line up. I agree with Gayle that didn’t work so hoped we see an improvement as I think he will start anyway so fingers crossed.

    Shelvey was our best player last season according to most and there is no way he ain’t starting tomorrow.

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #16

    And to be honest I just find you clueless. Go and discuss golf or something a sport you certainly no nothing about football.

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #17

    As you certainly know nothing* damm phone

  • expatmag

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Mackems one down at home to Sheffield Utd……lol

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Perez to be fair did up his work rate against West Ham but he’s not robust enough for me and falls over or gets knocked of the ball too easily.

  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Shelvey used to play in an advanced position quite a bit at Swansea and that’s where he looked best.

    Perez was good against West Ham but he’s too inconsistent. If he’s. It turning up tomorrow then shelves moving there might be a good shout.

    We know Rafa doesn’t do that though. He knows where he wants players to play and rarely does anything else unless forced.

  • JamesToon

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Just saying shelvey used to play the no10 role quite a bit for swansea under laudrup if i recall. Wouldn’t mind seeing what he can do there coming on for 30 mins or so

  • raghav

    Sep 9, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Yedlin Clark Lejeune Manquillo
    Merino Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Atsu

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 9, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Brighton 2-0 up. Pulis, pull your finger out!

  • AncientC

    Sep 9, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #24

    I didn’t think Morata would be able to handle English football, so much for that theory…

  • ShirebrookToon

    Sep 9, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Mackems 2-0 down hahahaha

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 9, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Very harsh on Mane. It’s my understanding of the laws, that a karate kick to the head isn’t even a foul, let alone a card; and a red one at that! Ref needs to go home and read his rule book.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 9, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Shelvey used to bang the goals in before he went to Liverpool. I always thought he played further up the pitch. Maybe at this level he would need better technique to play number 10 and that role is more about short passes which would rule out his brilliant long through balls. Anyway I’m sure he’d be better than Diame as a number 10.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #28

    So much for Cyprus bigging up Riverie, after he scored his first goal in two years he missed an open goal and was subbed on 55 minutes, Metz lost 5-1.

  • AncientC

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Man Utd are definitely back then. Getting off-side goals is old school Man Utd.

  • Blofal

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #30

    ———Lascelles – Lejeune – Clark

    We have enough wide players to play a couple of wingbacks. Would like to see us try it.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Just think, a win tomorrow would take us into the top ten. Ninth in fact, ahead of Arsenal on goal difference. Not beyond the realms of possibilities against Swansea. Not an easy game – none are in this league – but what a boost to confidence it would bring.

  • Bambams

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #32

    I know this is the Toon Blog but I saw this paragraph in The Mag. Made me laugh when I still remember Fat Sam ripping open his suit jacket as he paraded around the SOS when they survived and we didn’t.. …..

    The Stadium of Light was half empty yet again, only one win from six Championship games, in 20th place only a point above relegation, the Sunderland fans hate the owner, think the new manager is totally clueless, believe the entire squad of players are useless, Sunderland fans disgracing themselves as objects thrown at visiting players with one hit in the head by a bottle, Sunderland fans hit by coins thrown by other Mackems, plus grown men fighting each other in the family enclosure.


  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #33

    He who laughs last bambams… 🙂

  • Bambams

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #34


    Too right mate !

  • ShirebrookToon

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Haha thats class Bambams. PMSL if they drop down to league one lol

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #36

    “The north east is ours! The north east is ours! You sad mackem b*stards, the north east is ours! 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Imagine being able to summon Mata and Martial from the bench!

  • Bambams

    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Boys according to the Twitter posts and reading news now…..They were terrible today and should of been hammered.

    I normally can take it but since Fat Sam and that lap or honour ….

    Just watching the goals now on SSN . Keeper mare for first (do his confidence the world of good )

    Bloody hell the stadium is empty !

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #39

    I know Perez has been around for a few seasons now, but in general a player who finds form for 20mins may well find 40mins in the next game and so on. I had certainly begun to decry his inclusion and would rather see a more accomplished and consistent player at #10, but he will never gain from his experience if he is continuously pulled out of the first team. I think Rafa has the right attitude that a player is given an opportunity to succeed until they completely fail, are injured, or a new player wins the place from them by performing better when the opportunity arrives. Which is why Mitrovic struggles to command a starting position, as he is surpassed by others, or gets banned.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Blofal…how many outfield players can you have where you come from?


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