The selection of this Newcastle team v Birmingham is set to be interesting this Saturday.
Only 48 hours until Rafa Benitez looks to put that Fulham nonsense into the past.
A first defeat in 12 Championship matches but food for thought when it comes to Rafa’s selection.
With the likes of Aarons and Hayden set to miss, along with the very bad news on the DeAndre Yedlin injury, this is the team I would put out below.
The FA Cup match at Birmingham saw Rafa Benitez select two strikers (Mitrovic and Murphy) and with Perez & Diame failing miserably as number tens, I can’t see why it isn’t worth giving the Gayle/Murphy partnership a try.
Birmingham have only won two of their last 18 matches and are there to be beaten, so let’s get on the front foot from the start.
Get the two wingers on the pitch and with both Murphy and Gayle in the box, both Ritchie and especially Atsu can get plenty of joy, rather than the more negative selection of Gouffran.
Shelvey is a no-brainer but with Colback so poor, I think that whilst Diame’s contribution going forward has been so poor, his stamina and physicality can do a job in the middle of the pitch, in Hayden’s absence.
At the back, with Yedlin out and almost certainly Ciaran Clark, NUFC are left with little pace.
Lascelles and Mbemba did really well together at the end of last season and the idea of pairing Hanley and Lascelles sounds a really bad one to me, so hopefully Chancel Mbemba is brought out of the wilderness.
Vurnon Anita had a nightmare against Fulham and maybe now is the time to belatedly utilise Jesus Gamez’ experience at right-back.
My idea of the Newcastle team v Birmingham:
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