Newcastle face Burnley on Monday night with a team that is quite literally, unrecognisable from the one that featured in the last encounter.
It was 1 January 2015 when the two teams met at St James Park, with a new man in the hotseat.
Yes, John Carver taking the reins after Alan Pardew headed for the bright lights of Selhurst Park…
Listed below are Carver’s first team selection of his short and calamitous spell in charge, incredible really to see the change since January 2015.
He started off with a 3-3 draw against Burnley, with Steven Taylor, Jack Colback, and Moussa Sissoko, getting the goals.
Jak Alnwick – Released summer 2015
Daryl Janmaat – Sold summer 2016
Fabricio Coloccini – Released summer 2016
Steven Taylor – Released 2016
Paul Dummett – Injured
Moussa Sissoko – Sold summer 2016
Cheick Tiote – Sold February 2017
Jack Colback – Exiled from the squad
Yoan Gouffran – Released summer 2017
Ayoze Perez – Newcastle first team
Emmanuel Riviere – Free transfer summer 2017
Mike Williamson – Sold January 2016
Massadio Haidara – On the sidelines at Newcastle
Adam Armstrong – On loan at Bolton
As well as John Carver and Steve Stone getting their marching orders in summer 2015, nine of the 14 players used that day have permanently left the club.
Then another three (Haidara, Colback, and Armstrong) are nowhere near the first team squad.
Paul Dummett is long-term injured, whilst last man standing – Ayoze Perez – is very likely to be replaced by Mohamed Diame on Monday night, after failing to impress yet again in the game against Crystal Palace.
It would be interesting to be able to see ahead in just under three years time and just who will still be at St James Park.
Obviously Rafa Benitez would be top of the wish list, then I’m guessing Mikel Merino, but who would you choose after that? Shelvey, Lascelles, Yedlin, anyone else?
FLASHBACK | Last time we met… Newcastle 3 – 3 Burnley. A late George Boyd equaliser denied Newcastle all 3 points back in 2015. pic.twitter.com/uELTyZKwz2
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