This is the 4-4-2 Newcastle team v Brentford that is waiting to go into battle on Saturday.
I now find myself thinking that if I say it enough times then the Mitrovic & Gayle partnership will happen.
Rafa Benitez was careful not to say that his praise of Aleksandar Mitrovic’ goals for Serbia didn’t automatically mean e would be playing…but maybe after an international break it is easier to make difficult changes.
The United boss has said that certain players have been feeling the effects of their international commitments, so just maybe this is the time to drop Mohamed Diame to the bench and take him out of the firing line?
The player himself admitted this week that his attacking play has been lacking and only sheer hard work has kept him in the team. Maybe against Brentford NUFC will need a little more than sheer hard work to break them down.
Gouffran and Hayden didn’t play international football so hard to see anything but that they should start, whilst Isaac Hayden played in a 5-0 win for England Under 21s and says he’s had a chat with Rafa Benitez to refocus after being left out of the last two matches.
Both Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie have been away playing for their countries but I fancy the Ghanaian winger to keep his place, with Matt Ritchie and Scotland having had a hard time of it.
The Clark & Lascelles partnership has looked decent in recent games and hard to see why change should be made, whilst Dummett has been steady enough and other options such as Lazaar and Gamez aren’t feasible at the minute.
Interesting debate at right-back but certainly at home I think we need Yedlin’s pace to give an extra attacking angle to the team.
My suggested Newcastle team v Brentford:
To create the image above, Sam Hepworth used the NUFC team selector.
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