Looking around the stag and friends they strike me as canny unassuming blokes, certainly compared to your average Premier League footballer, in fact apart from maybe Jonas they don’t really look the part of superstar Premier League players. Nothing wrong with that of course but a thought did strike me….
In mitigation, Newcastle are massively reliant on both Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa in terms of retention of the ball, along with Davide Santon they are head and shoulders above the rest in terms of being comfortable in possession.
A bit rough on Elliot who has done so well, especially when Newcastle were up against it against Anzhi at St.James’ Park. However, Tim Krul is one of the best keepers around and as Alan Pardew said, the match in Lisbon could well decide the tie.