There were some very good performances from our players on Tuesday night when we got a vital point and moved up two places in the Premier League to 12th place.
It ended the rot of four defeats on the trot, but tomorrow at Stamford Bridge we will have to be near our very best to take anything out of the game in south London.
Dummett, Lascelles, and Atsu are not available for this game, but all three are likely to be fit for the home game against Leicester City next Saturday.
Jonjo Shelvey, Mikel Merino, and Isaac Hayden are three of our best players so why not try to accommodate them in the starting eleven tomorrow.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – deserves a start tomorrow
Hayden could partner either in central midfield, and the other could play in the number 10 position.
Since Mikel has played there for the Spanish U21 side and scored some goals for them we have Mikel there for tomorrow’s game.
But notice that Shelvey and Merino can switch positions during the game if necessary.
Surely it is now time to give Aleksandar Mitrovic a start because some of the chances Joselu has been missing Mitro could have put them in the back of the net – we must use the players we have, and Mitro deserves a chance.
While DeAndre Yedlin was responsible for both goals conceded last Tuesday night at West Brom through some shoddy defensive work it could be that Rafa brings in Manquillo at right back which is his usual position.
Karl Darlow will probably keep his place tomorrow afternoon in goal even though Rafa says Rob Elliot has looked good in training.
So this is the team Rafa starts tomorrow:
Yedlin (Manquillo) Lejeune Clark Mbemba
Shelvey (c) Hayden
Ritchie Merino Murphy
As we said, Newcastle will do well to get anything out of this game.
What do you think?