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Steve McClaren to make two surprise changes up front against West Ham – Report

6 years ago

News this morning that Steve McClaren is looking at two surprise changes up front when Newcastle visit Upton Park on Monday night.

United haven’t scored since the opening day of the season in the Premier League and with a tough set of opening fixtures not helping, as well as two red cards, Newcastle have only managed two efforts on target in these last three league games.

Mark Douglas in the Chronicle, claims that his information is that Steve McClaren is looking to change things by potentially bringing in both Ayoze Perez and Siem de Jong.

This would create a whole new formation for Newcastle and of course mean with Papiss Cisse on the bench and Mitrovic suspended, they would be playing without a real out and out striker.

The Hammers have had a real Jekyll and Hyde existence so far, two stand out wins away at Arsenal and Liverpool without conceding a goal, have contrasted with home defeats by Bournemouth and Leicester.

With six goals flying into West Ham’s net in those two home losses, Newcastle should fancy their chances of causing problems for the Hammers’ defence.

The question is though, are de Jong and Perez the men to provide that?

Or maybe the question more realistically should be, are one or both of them a better bet than Papiss Cisse in the team?

One possibility according to Mark Douglas is that McClaren could play Siem de Jong behind Ayoze Perez.

If he played both of them then at least one of Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Anita, Colback and Thauvin would have to be left out as well as Cisse. Unless that is there was a really big change in formation with three at the back or something, which is simply not going to happen.

With it being away from home, I would doubt the chances of either Colback or Anita being left out from their holding midfield positions.

I also struggle to see Moussa Sissoko as the one McClaren would drop.

Which would appear to leave either Wijnaldum or Thauvin to drop to the bench.

Early days yet as Steve McClaren looks to find the winning formula, a team selection made more complicated by Mitrovic’s absence, but the sooner he gets the side putting goals away then the more reassured we will all be for the rest of the season.

Who would you play up front and in the supporting roles on Monday?


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