With Mikel Merino out with a back injury Newcastle are again reduced to having one man in central midfield with creative ability – Jonjo Shelvey.
Jonjo had a good game in the disappointing 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Monday night – only our second defeat in the last 8 league games.
We suppose Mikel could still play on Saturday against Bournemouth, but it looks like we will again be relying on Jonjo’s passing ability if we are to get a win.
We need a win at home against a side who are second bottom of the league table, and the long two-week International break also starts after this weekend.
Jonjo Shelvey – in action on Monday night
It’s a time when we need a good result on Saturday.
Shelvey was clearly our best player on Monday night with a good 41% of the vote.
Let’s hope he can have one of his best games for us on Saturday – we need him and some of our other players to be at their best for that game.