Confirmed Newcastle team v Tottenham: Gayle starts and Sissoko for Spurs
The Newcastle team v Tottenham has just been confirmed.
Great news to see that Dwight Gayle has been passed fit to play.
Hopefully his hamstring/confidence issues can be put to one side and missing the last two friendlies won’t hamper him today.
For the opposition, interesting to see a certain Moussa Sissoko included!
This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:
Elliot, Manquillo, Lejeune, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu, Pérez, Gayle
and the Subs:
Darlow, Lascelles, Murphy, Aarons, Mbemba, Merino, Mitrovic
Apart from Gayle, the rest of the team is the one that started those final two friendlies against Wolfsburg and Hellas Verona.
Florian Lejeune keeping his place ahead of Jamaal Lascelles, after playin the most pre-season minutes of any NUFC player.
Elliot as expected is preferred to Darlow, whilst with Yedlin out injured it is Manquillo at right-back.
Hayden keeps his place alongside Shelvey though hopefully Merino will challenge for that position shortly.
Ayoze Perez predictably keeps his place, with no new signing and de Jong & Diame poor in pre-season.
All five new signings are included in the 18 man squad, with Murphy and Merino named on the bench.
Quite an attacking looking bench with Rafa naming Murphy, Aarons, Merino and Mitrovic named.
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