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Newcastle United team and subs bench when/if everybody’s available

2 weeks ago
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Interested to see earlier this week, The Mag asking  fans what their Newcastle United team would be, once everybody is fit and available, if that ever happens to be the case.

The results  of the voting showed one thing very clearly.

Newcastle United have got a very unbalanced squad in terms of quality and strength in depth.

Put it this way, if we had a similar level of options in terms of strikers/goalscorers and creativity as is the case with centre-backs, then I don’t think there is any way Newcastle would be in trouble this season.

All of the percentage voting in The Mag poll is below but these were the 11 to get the biggest support:

99% Martin Dubravka, 98% Fabian Schar, 94% Joelinton, 90%Sean Longstaff, 88% Miguel Almiron, 84% Isaac Hayden, 80% Allan Saint-Maximin, 73% Jamaal Lascelles, 72% Florian Lejeune, 71% Matt Ritchie, 62% Paul Dummett

As you can see, four players (Lascelles, Lejeune, Schar, Dummett) who can only really play in the three centre-back positions in a three/five at the back system. Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez squeezed in the voting because of the other candidates but they are also very capable and I don’t hear concerns expressed by fans when they are selected.

However, no obvious choices for wing-backs apart from Matt Ritchie who is really a winger, whilst up front Joelinton, ASM and Almiron are automatic choices based almost purely on potential and lack of other options.

Below I have chosen my Newcastle United team and subs if/when everybody is fit, not necessarily who I think is our best 11 players but the best 11 who can make up a team:

My Newcastle United Team:

Martin Dubravka, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Matt Ritchie, Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, Joelinton, Miguel Almiron, Allan Saint-Maximin

Subs:

Karl Darlow, Paul Dummett, Jetro Willems, Jonjo Shelvey, Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle, Federico Fernandez

Players Left Out:

Yoshinori Muto, Ki Sung-yeung, Rob Elliot, Emil Krafth, Ciaran Clark, Christan Atsu, Javief Manquillo

The Mag – 4 September 2019:

This is the fans choice of Newcastle United team with everybody available, each player rounded up/down to nearest full percentage point:

99% Martin Dubravka

98% Fabian Schar

94% Joelinton

90%Sean Longstaff

88% Miguel Almiron

84% Isaac Hayden

80% Allan Saint-Maximin

73% Jamaal Lascelles

72% Florian Lejeune

71% Matt Ritchie

62% Paul Dummett

37% DeAndre Yedlin

30% Emil Krafth

28% Jetro Willems

26% Jonjo Shelvey

26% Andy Carroll

16% Javier Manquillo

15% Christian Atsu

8% Dwight Gayle

8%Federico Fernandez

3% Yoshinori Muto

3% Ki Sung-yeung

2% Ciaran Clark

1% Rob Elliot

1% Karl Darlow

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