Here is the Newcastle team v Norwich that can bring Rafa Benitez the first of many wins for NUFC.
At least two changes are guaranteed from the derby match, with Rob Elliot injured and Jack Colback suspended.
It looks guaranteed that Karl Darlow will be in goal but the left-back is a bit more difficult to call.
With Dummett, Haidara and Mbabu all seemingly ruled out, there is no obvious solution.
Moussa Sissoko did ok in the final stages of the Sunderland match as an emergency but I think Newcastle would be better served looking for a different solution.
With the team desperate for goals I think we need a different solution in attempting to create and finish the chances that have been so rare in recent matches…and indeed much of this season.
I would play just these three at the back (assuming Janmaat has recovered from his knee injury) and with Saivet and Shelvey in front as cover.
Out wide, the expectation would be on both Townsend and Sissoko getting up and down the pitch to contribute at both ends.
It surely as well must be time for Siem de Jong to get his chance after a couple of promising sub appearances under Benitez, with a little pressure lifted off Wijnaldum and potential use of him as an impact sub. Away from home he has been totally anonymous and we can’t afford yet another of those performances.
Another change for me with goals being of the essence, would be to throw Seydou Doumbia into the mix alongside Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Ivory Coast striker has an excellent goals record at everywhere he has been, apart from AS Roma.
Something/someone different has to be tried, as without goals in the team United are just drifting ever closer to relegation.
My Newcastle team v Norwich:
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