Never say never but I think we can now see what the Newcastle team v Tottenham is going to be.

Rafa Benitez is now seemingly being forced to look in the bargain bins for more signings, with a 35 year old free agent French goalkeeper in Cedric Carrasso, and rare scorer of goals the unwanted Stoke fringe striker Joselu, the latest to be linked with Newcastle interest.

Clearly these are squad type signings at best and even if Rafa Benitez somehow managed to persuade Mike Ashley to go for a realistic first team signing, it would be very unlikely that Rafa would throw them straight into the Newcastle team v Tottenham without a single warm-up game.

So what do we have in our current squad as it stands today?

Well based on all the information to hand, I think we will see this team as Rafa’s first choice eleven to start against Spurs:

Elliot

Manquillo

Lejeune

Clark

Dummett

Ritchie

Shelvey

Hayden

Atsu

Diame

Gayle

I’m guessing the most striking thing for most people is that this team only features three of the five summer signings.

I know we have the game against Verona tomorrow but I can’t see Mikel Merino being thrown straight in against Tottenham, not after only half an hour so far in the friendlies plus whatever he gets on Sunday.

With Jack Colback now looking fourth choice, it looks certain to me that Hayden and Shelvey will be first choice v Spurs, just as they were in the Championship.

Jacob Murphy I feel will also be kept under wraps, with Christian Atsu seen as a better bet to provide defensive cover and experience against a very good Tottenham side.

Likewise, I can only see Mohamed Diame getting the nod for the position behind Dwight Gayle. He hasn’t exactly impressed in pre-season, though neither has Ayoze Perez particularly, but Diame does give more defensive cover and is more mobile than the Spaniard who lacks pace.

Like Dwight Gayle, Ciaran Clark is surely certain to start, one of our best players last season he has once again impressed in the friendlies. As has new signing Florian Lejeune. With Jamaal Lascelles limited to only an hour in pre-season so far, he will be on the bench in eight days time.

The full-back positions pretty much take care of themselves, as with Yedlin injured, Manquillo will start as there is little/no other competition. Jesus Gamez is likely to be named on the bench as he can cover both full-back positions – but still no proper rival to Paul Dummett has been signed.

Matt Ritchie is another sure thing to start and Rob Elliot looks in the same category, Rafa Benitez making clear he is his top keeper of those currently at the club, though at the same time the manager is still desperate to bring in a new number one.

Of course nine of the eleven named above were at the club last season, with only Manquillo and Lejeune new faces.

The big question, will this Newcastle team v Tottenham have enough to trouble last season’s Premier League runners-up?

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])



  • Leazes Ender

    Shudder to think what the bench looks like.

    • Wor Lass

      Possibly: Darlow, Merino, Gamez, Colback, Aarons or Murphy, Perez, Mitro?

      • Santii

        Decent. Team is easily good enough to compete in the Premier league.

        The is some total trash that we should destroy.

        • Wor Lass

          Getting off to a half decent start will be key – it`s a shame that we`re starting with Spuds.

          • Santii

            Have to play them at some stage. When was the last time they beat us?

            Should be a good game.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            i`ll 2nd you on that

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Lunatic. it`s a bottom 6 team & God only knows what damage Kane & Co will inflict on that defence.
          its a championship side facing last seasons runners up

          • Santii

            What happened the last time we played them? I cant remember.

            Oh actually i do. We were already relegated with a much worse team than we have now. and they were 1 point away from finishing second and beating their biggest rivals in the league for the first time in decades. We absolutely destroyed them with even when down to 10 men.

            The scummy “fans” like you stayed away and there was a great atmosphere!!

            Hope the scummy anti Newcastle brigade stay away again

        • HarryHype59

          You really are clueless! Go and support your own team in the Championship.

          • Santii

            Yes because what i just said didn’t happen you clueless idiot. Sh*te supporters like you stayed away that day.

  • Paul Patterson

    Swap Perez for Diame and your on the nose.

    • 1957

      I agree, but having said that I couldn’t see how SloMo justified his place last season.

      The manager on the other hand could so I suspect John will be right.

  • jack

    That team is totally uninspiring , 9were in the championship , Manquillo was relegated , with lejeune looking the only signing that could start , the transfer window for us so far has been terrible , it’s quality not quantity we need , but once again Ashley won’t spend

    • Jezza

      The transfer window has been so terrible for us that our flagship signing of the summer is unlikely to even get picked for the opening game of the season.

      • Santii

        Haha flagship signing… Just because you are basic as f*ck and know nothing about football outside of hating Newcastle.

        • Jezza

          What’s the matter? Got nobody to bully because it’s the school holidays.

          • Santii

            Exactly. I prefer bullying bitter old w*nkers!

          • Jezza

            You don’t have to come on this forum being obnoxious to everybody you know. There are other ways teenage boys can use the internet to relieve their frustrations.

          • Santii

            Thinking about me having a w*nk. Not only a bitter old w*nker but a creepy nonce aswell.

          • Jezza

            You’ve let something slip about yourself. I was just thinking of online gaming as it seems to be quite popular with socially awkward school boys who spend their Saturday nights online while all the cool kids are out partying.

          • Santii

            Oh no i have been found out by the fat old nonce Jezza…

          • Jezza

            More name calling. Is that really all you’ve got? I wish you would challenge me with some witty repostes. I like a good battle of wits. Unfortunately all you’re giving me is playground insults that cut no ice in the grown up world. Still what ever it takes to fill that girlfriend shaped hole in your teenage life.

          • Santii

            Hahaha a fat nonce saying he wants a battle of wits on an anti nufc football website.

            I think i should go into my moms basement and rethink my life. A fat nonce is to witty for me. haha

            What a complete saddo

          • Kneebotherm8

            Into your moms basement? You dirty little mthrfkr. Just to reiterate,this is an anti Ashley site,not an anti NUFC site,you moronic little prk.

          • Santii

            No its Anti Newcastle. You absolute imbecile.

          • Jezza

            Don’t rethink your life. You’ve obviously got a fantastic life, spending all your time glued to a screen making very feeble attempts to insult complete strangers on a website you hate. Sitting with baited breath waiting for replies to your purile and pathetic comments so you can repeat the exact the same terms of abuse over and over again. And you call me a saddo.

          • Santii

            Haha Yes. You weird looking muthaf*cka. You complete and utter saddo

          • Jezza

            You really shouldn’t hate yourself so much. It’s really nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. A lot of teenage boys are still virgins.

          • Santii

            You have the face of a child molester!

          • Jezza

            You’re very persistant with the name calling. Let me ask you, all this name calling, is it working? Is it helping you deal with your low self esteem, teenage frustrations and general disappointment with the way your life is going?

          • Santii

            You are a child molester.

          • Jezza

            You know the cool kids in your school. The lads who are good at football, the lads who have got girls crawling all over them (the same girls who won’t give you the time of day), the lads who go to all the parties you are never invited to, the lads who don’t want you hanging around cramping their style, do those lads need to abuse complete strangers on internet forums the way you do?

          • Santii

            Thinking about school kids, is that all you do… Of course it is you child molester.

          • HarryHype59

            I don’t think he is even a Newcastle supporter. Probably goes to a “special” school in Pennywell. Mackem wind up merchant!

          • Santii

            Don’t be raging pal. Just because i destroyed you.

    • brin mcardle

      agreed

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    that team will get hammered, i`m dreading that match

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      You don’t go to the match so why are you dreading it?

    • hetonmag

      It’ll be 10 v11 mousey if slo mo play’s, just hope Rafa put’s Perez in and I’ll be happy with that.

      • Jezza

        Who do you fancy for the first goal, Diame or Harry Kane…

        • hetonmag

          Ritchie, Kane won’t score 2-0 to the toon.

    • Jezza

      Agreed. Alli and Kane will have a field day.

      • hetonmag

        Oh yea of little faith.

  • Steve Pearce

    Take heart ye of little faith!

    For we are Spur’s bogey away team and we usually manage to beat them against all odds.

    • Jezza

      Ha ha yes, fair enough we are a bit of a bogey team for Spurs but that’s about the only thing we’ve got going for us next week.

      • Santii

        Its not… Don’t be an empty head.

        Although you anti Newcastle lot would love us to get hammered.

        • Jezza

          I was supporting Newcastle United home and way decades before you were even born.

          • Santii

            Hahaha Sure you were pal. “supporting” seems to be a strong word for what you do.

  • Blackburn1066

    I see a great season ahead for the Toon we will be on the edge of our seats all season, finish just about under half way down the league. if we do Raffa will have done a great job as the little fat Tw-t upstairs has not helped at all.

  • Leazes Ender

    Gayles injured.