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In 9 days time Newcastle United set to kick off Premier League Asia Trophy with this team

1 year ago
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Newcastle United go for their first silverware of the season/pre-season when they kick off the Premier League Asia Trophy in nine days time.

Newcastle taking on Wolves in Nanjing on Wednesday 17 July and then either West Ham or Manchester City on Saturday 20 July in Shanghai, depending on who wins/loses the opening games.

When Newcastle’s participation was first confirmed some months ago, some of the Mike Ashley-friendly media claimed this would see the club use it as the perfect opportunity to grow Newcastle United in that part of the world, make links/deals, whatever.

At the time Newcastle fans laughed at those media claims, the only possible interest would be Mike Ashley using it to push his retail empire.

Now with the squad flying off to China in five days time, the club is in an absolutely shocking state, a laughing stock.

That is the only thing that will be ‘sold’ to anybody next week, absolutely embarrassing compared to the preparations of Wolves, West Ham and Manchester City towards the new season.

Such is the cheap and nasty negligent approach by Mike Ashley to Newcastle United, I could quite imagine him being more than happy for his manager and players to turn up on the back of a truck surrounded by livestock to the stadiums in China, whilst those from the other three clubs arrive in stretch limos.

Drilling down into exactly how the NUFC summer shambles will then look in public for these actual games, this is how it is currently looking when Newcastle United take on Wolves in nine days time.

Manager: 

With Rafa Benitez gone and Mike Ashley aware eight weeks ago he wouldn’t be staying, former Doncaster Belles boss Neil Redfearn and head of NUFC Academy Ben Dawson to be in ‘temporary’ charge.

Coaching Staff:

Newcastle’s entire senior coaching staff left with Rafa Benitez and with no replacements appointed…former Doncaster Belles boss Neil Redfearn and head of NUFC Academy Ben Dawson.

The Team v Wolves:

Rondon, Perez, Kenedy, Barreca, Diame have all gone, whilst we know Hayden needs to leave fro family reasons, so just a question of time before he does.

Almiron, Schar, Woodman, Dubravka, Saivet will not start due  to extended leave after international involvement this summer.

Atsu is injured, plus Lejeune, Yedlin and Longstaff all coming back from surgery, so remains to be seen how progressed they are in their recovery/recuperation.

So we could be looking at the following team to start (assuming no new signings…or Mike Ashley selling further players, apart from Hayden):

Team:

Darlow, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Dummet, Ritchie, Shelvey, Ki, Murphy, Muto, Gayle

Bench:

Elliot, Lazaar, Sterry, Fernandez, Aarons, Colback, Joselu, plus some kids to make up numbers

Just to sum things up.

You have this mess above at Newcastle United whilst for the other three clubs at the Premier League Asia Trophy…

Manchester City – Reigning Premier League champions who have just broken their transfer record once again, buying Rodri for £63m.

Wolves – Have signed four players including new club record signing Raul Jimenez for £34m.

West Ham – Have signed three players this summer including £25m (£4m more than NUFC’s record signing) attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals.

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