Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Best XI on the Pitch and Get the Season Going Again; How to Get Back to Winning Ways? Get Your Best Players Playing, Says NEIL CAMERON

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Best XI on the Pitch and Get the Season Going Again; How to Get Back to Winning Ways? Get Your Best Players Playing, Says NEIL CAMERON

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Byline: NEIL CAMERON

SO Newcastle United go from deep disappointment to facing the most expensive team in English football.

Brilliant. Thankfully for Alan Pardew, who is now under pressure for really the first time this season, his players tend to turn up for these big games - apart from that Monday night in August when Manchester City, Sunday's visitors, thrashed his side 4-0. There were, of course, mitigating circumstances at the Etihad Stadium.

Steven Taylor's red card and Yohan Cabaye's huff.

The manager has decisions to make if he wants to get his season going again and avoid four straight defeats on Sunday.

Some more easy than others.

Mike Williamson comes straight back in, no debate, and Steven Taylor makes way. For me, that is one of those no-brainers.

Williamson was badly missed in the cup game. Would he have allowed the ball to travel all the way to the back post for Fraizer Campbell to jump freely to score the winner for Cardiff? Probably not.

I would also keep Massadio Haidara at left-back.

Davide Santon has been decent this season, no more, but has not done enough to keep his place in his preferred role. He will fill in for the still suspended Mathieu Debuchy Santon needs to give himself a shake. If Debuchy was available, I would drop the Italian.

Haidara, while raw, offers more in attack and seems brimming with confidence. He should start against City.

If this was any other game, I would like to see Loic Remy play on the left, Papiss Cisse, who we will get to in a minute, in the middle with Hatem Ben Arfa on the right.

City are probably the best team in the Premier League, even if their away form is patchy.

Pardew would be wise to flood his midfield as he has tended to do in such games this season and with some success.

Cabaye will come back and Cheick Tiote will sit behind him, while Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko, both of whom had poor weekends, will take up their usual positions.

So who plays on the left? I would actually go with Ben Arfa instead of Yoan Gouffran who has run out of puff. Just a bit. No wonder given how much effort he puts in on a weekly basis. …

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