Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just named his side to take on West Ham at the London Stadium this afternoon where will attempt to win our first game in 10.
The last time we won was on October 21st when we beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at home and in 9 games since then we have one solitary point.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 23, 2017
Henri Saivet – starts with Hayden, Merino and Shelvey out
So Henri Saivet is the surprise choice for Newcastle after just being put up for sale earlier in the week.
He comes in because both Isaac Hayden and Mikel Merino are out injured today – this is a HUGE blow for our chances today – what’s going on?
But it shows we have no strength in depth at all.
And it stresses the fact that Jonjo Shelvey cannot be relied on – because he is out suspended again.
If we survive in the Premier League this season, Jonjo could well be sold in the summer.
This is Saivet’s first league start ever under Rafa Benitez, and Mo Diame is also in the side.
So we have Saivet and Diame midfield – Newcastle could be overrun in central midfield this afternoon – let’s hope not.
I cannot take another loss!
It looks like Lejeune is also one of the players suffering a knock and he is replaced by Ciaran Clark – and this is a massive opportunity for Ciaran today.
A win today is just what we need to raise the spirits of Newcastle fans before Christmas – but it’s going to tough with three starters out today.
The majority of fans today think we can win this game against another relegation contender who have taken 7 points from their last 3 games under new manager David Moyes.
Howay The Lads!!