We would expect Salomon Rondon to start the game at Cardiff City tomorrow.
He came on in the second half against Spurs and played well and almost scored when he hit the crossbar after 86 minutes.
But Joselu had one of his (much) better games for Newcastle and scored an excellent headed goal after only 11 minutes from a perfect Ritchie right-wing cross.
So it’s an interesting choice Rafa will have – we have a feeling he may start Joselu and bring on Rondon again in the second half.
Also right-back is open with Yedlin missing the game, and it’s probably between Javier Manquillo and Federico Fernandez – but we’ll see.
Salomon Rondon – will he start tomorrow?
Here’s Rafa talking a bit about the transfer window this summer:
“Everybody is spending big money on players, but will they all work out? We will see.”
“It will be easier for some of our players as they have been in the PL for a year, but now other squads are stronger.
“Now the transfer window is closed, we can just focus on football. That is my focus. Some players may go on loan – but not the senior players I want to keep, no chance for them.”
“But the rest we can just focus on doing our best.”
We created so many chances during the second half last weekend. We need to do the same at Cardiff for 90 mins if we can.”
” Cardiff are very strong physically, it will be a tough atmosphere, and we have to be both physical and try to play good football to beat them.”
“Every game will be difficult for us. We will approach every one trying to get the same. Cardiff is the next one, so it is the most important one for that reason. That is it”
“It’s quite difficult – when a striker is scoring a goal (like Joselu), the other one’s coming on and pushing (like Rondon).”
“Normally, what I do is wait and make the decision at the end.”
“So nobody knows, everybody’s on their toes, and it’s good for the team.”
That was always a controversy at Liverpool that the players didn’t know until shortly before the game who would be in the starting eleven.
That’s the way Rafa does it – and given his record in football, there cannot be too much wrong with that.
If some of the players don’t like it – they will get used to it.
Howay The Lads!!