How The Team Would Currently Line Up – Newcastle v Manchester City
With a great World Cup progressed to the middle of the knockout phase, I now have one eye again on when we go back to proper football and Newcastle v Manchester City on day one of our next Premier League campaign.
I have had a look at the squad we currently have available and considered the options that will be available when the season kicks off.
I think both Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou (I don’t think anybody will take Marveaux or Obertan off our hands unless it is on loan) will undoubtedly be moved out one way or another, the same with Sammy Ameobi.
The French duo are two of the biggest wage earners and clearly not in Alan Pardew’s first eleven, and that is before you even consider if we might actually buy somebody.
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In addition, Hatem has only a year of his contract remaining, as does Sammy Ameobi. I think Ashley will be grabbing whatever cash he can rather than losing them for nothing in a year’s time, especially when neither of them would be likely to be earning that money on the pitch anyway in the next 12 months.
When it comes to our best players who may be targeted for transfers, I’ve included them in the eighteen below. So to balance things out I haven’t included any possible new signings, as well as not taking the likes of Krul, Debuchy and Sissoko out of the equation.
What we are left with in terms of the first eleven is the following, with Papiss Cisse seemingly having no chance of being available for the early games.
I think Gouffran would have to be played through the middle ahead of a packed midfield, and while you may think there’s no chance of Obertan getting another game, we’ve said that many times in the past. The alternative would be that Alan Pardew would throw in Ayoze Perez instead of Obertan, in the hope that he can make that massive leap instantly from the Spanish second division.
On the bench it could/would look like this;
Even if Pardew doesn’t lose anybody who he is praying that he can keep, I think what we see above is a frightening glimpse into our future if there isn’t a minimum of half a dozen players brought in, which would have to include 2 or 3 inspired signings who can create and score goals.
Pardew has recently said that Newcastle could have a big advantage because so many Manchester City players have been involved at the World Cup – with the team laid out as above I think we’d need all the City players having had to swim back from Brazil to stand any chance of getting anything.
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