We asked fans the question, which 11 players would you pick in your Newcastle team v Chelsea?
We put together a list of the 20 players who could potentially be selected for this 3pm Saturday afternoon kick-off.
Newcastle not having lost at home to Chelsea since 2011.
This time Rafa Benitez is without:
Islam Slimani suspended.
Christian Atsu and Ciaran Clark both injured.
Whilst Chancel Mbemba appears to have gone missing, the defender not featuring in any of the recent photos from the training ground. Never mind playing, he hasn’t even made it onto Newcastle’s PL bench since December.
We included him in the list of options though, just in case…
Kenedy’s absence means that both Rafa and the fans, have to find a replacement.
With Christian Atsu also unavailable, it will surely be Jacob Murphy who comes in, unless Rafa Benitez goes with a surprise change of formation.
Murphy picks up 76% support from the fans, making him the 10th highest pick, with Dwight Gayle (66%) the final choice.
Mikel Merino (52%) once again gets just over half the fans choosing him and is 12th highest in terms of percentage support, Joselu (20%) a distant 13th.
It doesn’t bear thinking about if Newcastle had picked up a few more injuries and had been needing points to survive from these last few matches, the NUFC squad badly in need of strengthening this summer.
So this is the fans choice team:
Here is the percentage (rounded up or down to nearest whole number) support for each player from the thousands of votes cast:
98% Jamaal Lascelles
97% Matt Ritchie
97% Jonjo Shelvey
96% Martin Dubravka
93% DeAndre Yedlin
88% Florian Lejeune
88% Mohamed Diame
85% Paul Dummett
84% Ayoze Perez
76% Jacob Murphy
66% Dwight Gayle
52% Mikel Merino
19% Chancel Mbemba
13% Javier Manquillo
10% Isaac Hayden
8% Massadio Haidara
7% Rob Elliot
4% Jesus Gamez
4% Karl Darlow
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