With only 12 days to go until Newcastle host Tottenham, interesting to see how many minutes on the pitch for each United player in the friendlies so far.
So who have been the leading contenders so far and who is it that doesn’t appear to be a part of Rafa’s plans?
The Newcastle boss has only Wednesday’s match at Braga and next Saturday’s home friendly with Augsburg left to gauge which players should be used, once the competitive action begins.
Newcastle have played St Patrick’s Athletic, Hull, and Porto so far, with a maximum of 270 minutes available for each player.
A few things to take into consideration: Paul Dummett only came back on Saturday after being left out with a knock in the first two games, Ki had extended World Cup holiday so is being eased into things, Porto was the first game for new signing Schar, Kenedy has missed the last two friendlies due to his partner having a baby, Gayle left out of the last two games apparently due to an impending sale.
Minutes played in first team pre-season friendlies so far, 29 Newcastle players featuring so far:
Seven of the eight with most minutes, look set to start against Spurs, including Joselu who has started all three friendlies and as yet, no new striker brought in.
The exception in the eight is Sean Longstaff, the 20 year old getting the second highest number of minutes, probably just in case Hayden does end up going, just so he (Longstaff) has a bit of experience if needed in the squad.