Now that Rafa has given his press conference for the game tomorrow against Watford we have the very good news that Mikel Merino is fit to start the game.
And that’s exactly what we think Rafa will as Isaac Hayden is suspended for this game after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season at Old Trafford last Saturday night.
And with Newcastle losing our last three games the lads have to stop the rot at St. James’ Park tomorrow – a win would be terrific
Mikel Merino – fit to start tomorrow
This is the side we think Rafa could start tomorrow afternoon and it includes both Mikel Merino and Chancel Mbemba in the starting line-up in a 4-4-2 formation.
Yedlin Lejeune Clark Mbemba
Richie Shelvey (c) Merino Murphy
We don’t know if Rafa will play a 4-4-2 formation but having Joselu with Dwight Gayle up front helps Dwight, and the striker has to start since he’s the only natural goalscorer we have right now.
We will also have to hope that our defense plays a lot better than of late, and surely Chancel Mbemba deserves another chance at left-back in place of Javier Manquillo who had a bit of a nightmare second half at Old Trafford last Saturday.
Some time on the bench would do Javier good, and we also have to play on Tuesday night at West Brom and then the following Saturday in the late game at Chelsea.
The talented Mbemba deserves his chance, and he can also play as a defensive midfielder.
We would think Chancel would be a very useful squad member at Newcastle because he can play in so many different positions but it doesn’t appear that Rafa rates him too highly – for whatever reason.
Rafa may even sell him in the January transfer window.
What would your team be for tomorrow’s very important game?