Newcastle were not at their best at Brighton last Sunday, and with so many players fighting for a start, we think Rafa will make some changes for the game on Sunday at home to Liverpool.
The defense fell asleep for the Brighton goal so we have a feeling Rafa could recall Florian Lejeune at center-back and move Ciaran Clark to left back.
We should point out that physioroom.com has Florian as a slight doubt because of that ankle injury of his.
Jonjo Shelvey looked good when he came on in the second half, and we had lacked creativity, and it could be that Jonjo gets a start against Liverpool.
He could partner Mikel Merino in central midfield, and the Spanish U21 International is becoming a significant player for the club.
But one way to play Hayden, Shelvey, and Merino together on the same side, is to have Jonjo play in the number 10 position in place of Perez, so we have a strong spine to the team.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – could start tomorrow
We have Atsu retaining his position, but he has been a little disappointing, and the Ghanaian gets hustled off the ball far too easily.
That’s maybe why we need another winger brought in during the January transfer window.
And up front, we will play Mitrovic who is now available, but we have a feeling Rafa may keep Joselu on the side.
So this is a possible team for Sunday:
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Lejeune Clark
Ritchie Shelvey Atsu
That’s our best team for Sunday – what’s yours?