Rafa will have selection problems for the game at Burnley on Monday night that will be televised live around the world.
That’s because Rafs has only one player in the squad not available – and that’s local lad Paul Dummett.
Paul was injured in the first 40 minutes of the season with a severe hamstring injury and is expected back in late November.
Mikel Merino was the hero and our Man of the Match for the last game against Crystal Palace at home, even though he didn’t start the game.
Sean Dyche – Burnley’s talented manager –
trying to smile?
Mikel scored the winner with a good header after 86 minutes.
In that game, Ayoze Perez had an off day and maybe Rafa will give the 21-year-old Spanish U21 International Merino a start in the withdrawn striker role.
It was a bit of a dour game last time out but our lads never gave up and fought for the cause and that finally resulted in all 3 points.
So we don’t expect too many changes to the side.
Here’s the starting eleven we think Rafa could choose for Monday night’s game at Turf Moor.
Yedlin Lejeune Lascelles (c) Manquillo
Ritchie Merino Atsu
Rafa could keep Perez in the number 10 position but we don’t think a fit-again Dwight Gayle will get a start.
There will be some good players on Monday night who don’t even make the bench.
What’s your team for Monday night?