Earlier this week we asked Newcastle fans: A must win match tomorrow and everybody in the United squad fit, which 11 Newcastle players would you select?
What did supporters think was the strongest possible Newcastle team available to Rafa Benitez?
We gave everybody the 27 first team options to choose from.
Some results were to be expected, with both Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie scoring 99% approval at the very top.
Following them we had Captain Jamaal Lascelles (95%) and the Championship’s top scorer, Dwight Gayle (94%).
After showing the past couple of months as Newcastle’s best defender, Ciaran Clark (89%) was fifth highest when fans came to choose their best 11.
It then gets slightly less definitive, though Isaac Hayden (80%) and DeAndre Yedlin (77%) are still overwhelming choices over the likes of other options, such as Jack Colback (12%) and Vurnon Anita (29%).
Maybe one of the most stand out results of our poll, is seeing Paul Dummett 8th highest with 69%. Despite being first choice all season, fans have still blindly chosen the likes of Achraf Lazaar (12%) and Jesus Gamez (6%) ahead of the Geordie Welsh international – but these results suggest that when it comes down to it, Dummett would be the logical choice at the moment in a must win match.
Karl Darlow (68%) comfortable gets the keeper’s jersey ahead of Rob Elliot (20%), whilst Rafa’s summer buy, Matz Sels (4%) appears to have convinced very few so far.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (59%) makes it into a front two with Dwight Gayle but the Mohamed Diame support of 31% (13th highest) is still markedly higher than anything he gets when supporters are choosing match by match sides.
Taking 11th spot in the team is Yoan Gouffran (58%), seemingly the toughest call for Newcastle supporters as Christian Atsu was next highest with 40%.
Chancel Mbemba (22%) has suffered with the form of Lascelles and Clark, whilst Ayoze Perez (22%) doesn’t seem to totally convince with very inconsistent form.
Grant Hanley (4%) and Daryl Murphy (2%) still have it all to do to convince Newcastle fans, though the Irish striker has been hit by injuries and Rafa not giving him a single Premier League minute so far.
Newcastle fans voting results on which 11 Newcastle players they would choose for a must win game with everybody fit.
99% Matt Ritchie
95% Jamaal Lascelles
94% Dwight Gayle
89% Ciaran Clark
80% Isaac Hayden
77% DeAndre Yedlin
69% Paul Dummett
68% Karl Darlow
58% Yoan Gouffran
40% Christian Atsu
31% Mohamed Diame
29% Vurnon Anita
22% Chancel Mbemba
22% Ayoze Perez
20% Rob Elliot
12% Jack Colback
6% Jesus Gamez
5% Rolando Aarons
5% Massadio Haidara
4% Matz Sels
4% Grant Hanley
2% Daryl Murphy
1% Freddie Woodman
0% Cheick Tiote