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Rafa Has A Difficult Decision To Make Against Bournemouth


Rafa will be without star defender Fabian Schar after he picked up his 10th yellow card and will miss the next two games at Bournemouth and at Arsenal after the two-week International break.

Rafa has both Dummett and Fernandez who can come in to play in the back line, so we do have some good players available to come in for Schar.

Fabian is proving to be a tremendous acquisition for Newcastle, and we paid just £3M for him from Deportivo in the summer.

Fabian has been one of our star players over the last four months, and he is interesting both Arsenal and Tottenham, but he’s going nowhere this summer.

The more difficult choice for Rafa is where to keep faith in Ki who made his first appearance for Newcastle since December.

Ki played OK until he was replaced by Jonjo Shelvey on 79 minutes – but he’s obviously short of playing time.

Rafa Benitez – decisions, decisions, decisions

Shelvey helped to change the game, but both players need game time to improve their match fitness.

Shelvey had a point to prove and after the game said he was unhappy with stories going around last week that maybe the club will sell him for £20M with West Ham said to be willing to pay that for him.

Jonjo wants to stay on Tyneside, and he had something to prove on Saturday.

He was outstanding in the last 10 minutes or so, and his comments after the game show he is still 100% committed to the Newcastle cause.

Rafa may start him next Saturday, and it depends on how the two players train this week.

But Rafa could start Ki again and then bring in Jonjo depending on how the game is going in the second half.

We also have Mo Diame trying to get back into the starting eleven in central midfield.

That has to be good for the team.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


3 comments so far

  • martoon

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Rafa will start Dummett instead of Schar in a back 5 with the flexibility to move to a back 4 if necessary although I don’t know how serious the injury is to Lascelles so he may start Fernandez as well. In midfield I’d definitely start Jonjo even if he doesn’t last the full game – in an away game his long balls to someone like Almiron is a good out ball.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #2

    It is easy to see why Spurs were interested in Perez in a Pochettino team who would be a very useful player with the pace they have and the way they press for the ball!

    He is looking better for us now because we seem to be attacking teams more and there is more space created for him rather than having 2 or 3 players marking him at all times.

    If Rafa could get a bit more pace around him and better wingers/fullbacks I think you would see the best of him consistently!

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  • JohnJ

    Mar 11, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Did anyone at the game think like me Rondon was being fouled all over the pitch? Time & time again the sneaky obstructions came in from Everton and I lost count of the number of times he was held down when trying to go up for a ball…. I have to say I didn’t rate the Ref at all marks out of ten One for turning up and one for appearing. but in the end he made up for his Red Card error by not seeing about 4 of our lads offside for the winner!

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