Predicted Newcastle line up vs Leicester
A bit of a tale of two Manchester United rejects in today’s match.
Newcastle United desperately hoping that Gabriel Obertan can produce something, with [intlink id=”48962″ type=”post”]Alan Pardew having confirmed that he is a certain starter[/intlink].
Having signed from Manchester united for close to £4m, early promise in a team featuring the quality of Ba, Tiote, Jonas and Cabaye, has been followed by wilderness years for this ‘confidence’ player, as Alan Pardew describes him.
The manager has also said that at times Obertan has find it difficult to play in front of the home crowd at St.James’ Park, time surely for the winger to come out of his shelll for the sake of both United and his own career.
Obertan chalked an assist at Swansea and has looked ok, but nothing more, though that still puts him some way above the efforts of the woeful Yoan Gouffran this season.
Alan Pardew however has persisted with the former Bordeaux midfielder/striker, though another really poor display at the Liberty Stadium appeared to have finally ousted Gouffran from the first team.
However, injuries combined with United’s wafer thin squad may have just saved him yet again, Riviere is definitely out and Sammy Ameobi was pronounced doubtful yesterday.
Unless Remy Cabella is recalled, as [intlink id=”48927″ type=”post”]three in four fans believe [/intlink]should be the case, then it is hard to see Gouffran being left out. This surely sums up just how weak United’s squad was left due to Ashley and Pardew’s stupidity and lack of investment – an average player like Gouffran who has been appalling, yet is likely to keep his place because…there aren’t other options.
Radical (to Alan Pardew) ideas such as giving Adam Armstrong his chance seem as remote as they ever were, while the chances of seeing on-loan Facundo Ferreyra actually on the pitch is something I find increasingly difficult to imagine.
Leicester are having a good go at suggesting that the answers to midfield and striking power can still be brought in from within English football.
Danny Drinkwater is another Manchester United reject, like Gabriel Obertan, but he has been at the heart of most of the positives for Leicester this season from midfield. Signed on for lee than £1m, Drinkwater was a driving force to get the Foxes out of the Championship and the twenty four year old is having a good go at showing players can come out of the second tier and adapt quickly to the higher level.
Similarly, Jose Leonardo Ulloa was also playing in the Championship last season but for Brighton.
Leicester’s record signing has delivered five Premier League goals already and cost just under £9m, a figure that surpasses the combined total that saw Riviere, Perez and Ferreyra arrive at Newcastle this summer.
I think the Newcastle line up vs Leicester could look along these lines, but will it be good enough to restore hope and points?
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