Yesterday we asked you the question…Which 11 players would you pick in Newcastle team v Watford?
We put together a list of the 20 players who could potentially be selected on Saturday.
The likes of Paul Dummett, Christian Atsu, and Jamaal Lascelles, all left out of our list after Rafa said they weren’t ready to come back yet, whilst Isaac Hayden is suspended for this one after picking up five bookings and one match ban.
Some very interesting movement from what Newcastle fans chose a week ago for Manchester United.
Shelvey, Ritchie, Clark, Lejeune and Yedlin are once again seen as no-brainers, all five getting 94% or more support.
As he returns to full fitness, Dwight Gayle has impressed, with 90% support to start as opposed to 62% v Man Utd.
Also on 90% is Mikel Merino after Rafa Benitez said on Friday he will be in the squad, I’m guessing the other 10% are wondering whether he will be fit enough to start after not being named in the starting team since Liverpool eight weeks ago.
Next up is Rob Elliot with a drop of 15% to 80% after a poor showing at Old Trafford, Karl Darlow rising from 7% to 23% as a result (not everybody picks 11 players when voting, if you wondered why the two keepers add up to 103%).
Yet again Mitrovic with 79% is heavily preferred to Joselu (18%), although whilst Mitro has dropped 7%, the Spaniard has actually gained an extra 1% after last weekend.
The other two positions in the team are most contentious, both on the left side.
Mbemba (58%) ahead of Manquillo (44%) with little change in their figures,
Whilst left wing sees Murphy (47%) just edge out Aarons (46%) but the story here is that after a few decent moments at Man Utd, Murphy has increased from 21% to 47%.
Ayoze Perez has actually dropped even further from 38% to 23% fan support, with I guess Gayle responsible for most of that fall.
Very little appetite to see the likes of Diame (8%) and Saivet (4%) given a chance.
Here is the percentage support for each player from the thousands of votes cast and in brackets was the fan support/vote for the team selection v Man Utd last week, then an image of how this fan selected team would potentially look:
99% (99%) Jonjo Shelvey
98% (99%) Matt Ritchie
95% (88%) Ciaran Clark
95% (94%) Florian Lejeune
94% (98%) DeAndre Yedlin
90% (62%) Dwight Gayle
90% Mikel Merino
80% (95%) Rob Elliot
72% (79%) Aleksandar Mitrovic
58% (63%) Chancel Mbemba
47% (21%) Jacob Murphy
46% (65%) Rolando Aarons
44% (46%) Javier Manquillo
23% (38%) Ayoze Perez
23% (7%) Karl Darlow
18% (17%) Joselu
11% (14%) Jesus Gamez
8% (11%) Mohamed Diame
7% (6%) Massadio Haidara
4% (6%) Henri Saivet
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