With Aleksandar Mitrovic suspended and Emmanuel Riviere injured, the alternative for the trip to West Ham would appear to be Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez or Florian Thauvin.

First team coach Paul Simpson has discussed the credentials of each of the three ahead of the trip to Upton Park.

Simpson believes Florian Thuavin did very well as a ‘half striker’ against Arsenal once Newcastle were down to 10 men.

Whilst he did as well as could have been expected against overwhelming numbers of defenders, surely Steve McClaren won’t consider going down this route against West Ham.

So Cisse or Perez?

After seeing what Paul Simpson had to say to the club’s official TV channel, I think there is only one winner in terms of team selection against the Hammers.

The United Coach  was full of praise for Ayoze Perez after playing as a lone striker against Northampton, whilst when it came to Papiss Cisse, Simpson gave a throwaway line of the Senegalese striker being ‘more than capable of doing it again’.

I think Ayoze Perez has been very unlucky to be left out and then played out of position when he has had a chance in the Premier League, despite this he has looked very good when given the chance and looks well worth a chance back in the first eleven in a position that suits him more.

In contrast, Papiss Cisse has looked less than convincing and when there aren’t the balls to get on the end of, his team play looks ever more exposed.

Paul Simpson talking to NUFC TV:

“We have got options (up front) – it has given us a lot of food for thought.

“I thought the performance of Ayoze Perez against Northampton gave us a massive lift, to see him play as that lone striker was excellent.”

Half striker?:

“We have got Papiss Cisse who has done that job early in the season and he is more than capable of doing it again.

“Florian Thauvin had to go and play that half striker against Arsenal and did it very well. So we have got lots of options, we’ve got them across the midfield and in the wide areas as well.


“It is certainly giving Steve (McClaren) a few headaches as to what team to pick.”