Newcastle v Leeds, would you play Daryl Murphy, Aleksandar Mitrovic, or both of them?

Or indeed neither of them?

Newcastle fans still await the results of tests/scans that were carried out on Dwight Gayle on Monday following his enforced substitution from the Sheffield Wednesday match.

Official Newcastle United Statement – Monday 10 April 2017:

Newcastle United can confirm that Dwight Gayle sustained a hamstring strain in his right leg during United’s 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Dwight is currently undergoing tests to determine the severity of his injury so it is not yet known how long the player may be out injured.’

However, even if the striker is back before the end of this season, surely there is no chance of Gayle starting on Friday night.

That leaves Rafa Benitez with the dilemma of who to play up front.

Daryl Murphy has recently been selected both in the team and on the bench ahead of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

However, the number 45 came on at Sheffield Wednesday and looked quite sharp in a brief cameo, setting up Shelvey’s goal when chesting the ball down and the keeper unable to hold his initial shot.

Those final 12 minutes saw Mitrovic and Murphy on the pitch together for a rare brief occasion.

The only time they have started a match in the same team was the away FA Cup game at Birmingham, where after only a few minutes Murphy scored the opening goal AND Mitrovic ended up being carried off with a nasty looking leg injury received in the melee as the ball went in the net.

Alternatively, if not wanting to use Murphy or Mitrovic alone or together, we are also offering the choice below of some other formation – presumably in that case either Perez or Gouffran would play furthest forward.

So please vote below and we will bring the results later.




  • mentalman

    Has everyone forgot about Gouff

    • Brian Baston

      No,its just the fact he is useless

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I`ll 2nd that

        • mentalman

          he still manages to get in the team in front of mitro at times

  • Geordiegiants

    It makes me wonder, have I been watching a different Mitro to everyone else? He is pure garbagge, what on earth goes through our fans head sometimes amazes me.
    Also Rafa isn’t going to play the both of them anyway.
    This brings me to wonder, if I put on a Newcastle strip, stand in front of the goal pulling stupid faces, shouting at the crowd and assaulting the oppositions players, if I would get voted in by the fans.

    • Natturner26

      Did you watch the last match? For the ten minutes he was on he was the best player on the pitch.

      • Geordiegiants

        Exactly 10 mins.

      • mentalman

        he quite often does that and then goes missing for the games he starts

        • Natturner26

          If all the players were fit Gayle and Mitro should start. If Rafa sticks with one striker Gayle starts and Mitro is a super sub. Pretty simple really. What I don’t get at all is preferring Murphy as a sub when he’s the natural third choice striker.

    • ExtremelyNEW

      Mate if 50 people are saying start Mitro and your the only one that’s saying “he is garbage, what goes through our fans head sometimes amazes me” don’t you see that there’s something wrong in your head.

      • Geordiegiants

        Only me and Rafa eh?

      • Geordiegiants

        Yeah those fifty people were so right! Pleased I went with the majority😀

  • Viru leckworth

    I would play Murphy from the start, and if we are not ahead with 30 mins. To go, I would bring him on for Jack or whoever is in that position on the night.

  • Rich Lawson

    Both with Atsu and Ritchie on either wing,attack,attack,attack !