Newcastle – Bournemouth Combined XI
Posted by Kia Kazemi-Nia | Published on March 5, 2016
After a disappointing 1-0 loss to Stoke midweek, Newcastle return to St. James’ Park in dire need of three points. Bournemouth, on the other hand, are coming off of a fantastic 2-0 victory over Southampton and will look to bring that quality into the match. Here I look at a combined XI between the two sides.
Goalkeeper – Rob Elliot
The Irish stopper has been a revelation ever since he stepped in between the sticks. Elliot put in a man of the match display the last time the two sides met at Dean Court. When Krul went down, many saw it as a major blow. Many of those same people now feel he should be 1st choice, even when Krul returns. McClaren said Krul’s injury would cost the team 18 to 20 points. Krul’s injury now may have saved points!
Right Back – Daryl Janmaat
The Dutch right back has made a name for himself in the Premier League as a dangerous full-back going forward. He recently spoke with with angry supporters after the midweek loss at Stoke, showing how much the guy cares. If only Newcastle had eleven like him.
Center Back – Sylvain Distin
The French center back is 38, but you certainly can’t see that in his performances. He has been a rock at the back all season for the Cherries and has been a big part of their season to date.
Center Back – Chancel Mbemba
The Congolese center back is currently sidelined with a foot injury, but his contribution beforehand has certainly not gone unnoticed. He looks a shrewd piece of business by Newcastle and will hope to return to action as soon as possible to help the Magpies climb out of the relegation zone.
Left Back – Charlie Daniels
The English left back has been a mainstay in the Cherries defense all season long. The full-back loves to get forward and is a fantastic crosser of the ball. Bournemouth’s spot kick taker gets the nod over Welshman Paul Dummett.
Defensive Midfield – Andrew Surman
The South African-born Englishman has been fantastic for Eddie Howe this season. A tireless worker and engine, Surman has the second highest pass completion rate, only trailing to Cesc Fabregas. The midfield engine’s selection is certainly well deserved.
Defensive Midfield – Jonjo Shelvey
The makeshift Newcastle captain has quickly earned the support of the fans with the way he has spoken about the club. This week, the English midfielder has come out and said:
“I would love to captain this club, it’s a massive club, even if we went down I want to be captain.”
Jonjo isn’t planning to jump ship if the club go down and will do everything in his power to maintain it’s Premier League status. A victory at St. James’ Park this afternoon would certainly help do that.
Right Midfield – Matt Ritchie
The Scottish international has most certainly been a creative spark for the Cherries. Capable of the spectacular (Just go look at his goal against Sunderland), the tricky winger has been a vital part of Bournemouth’s bid for survival.
Attacking Midfield – Georginio Wijnaldum
The Dutchman signed from PSV Eindhoven has put in some breathtaking displays at St. James’ Park, none less impressive than his vs. Norwich, where he spectactularly scored four goals in a 6-2 victory. If only he could do the same outside of Tyneside.
Left Midfield – Andros Townsend
The winger has displayed flashes of why he was such a highly rated youngster a couple of years ago. The former Spurs man scored a great goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (although merely a consolation) but did not appear in the Magpies’ midweek encounter at the Britannia because of a hamstring problem. The Englishman is being assessed, and, if able to play, it would be a big boost for McClaren.
Striker – Callum Wilson
When the striker was ruled out for six months in September, it was a cruel blow for the Cherries. Wilson is their talisman and he has been greatly missed. Benik Afobe has done quite well so far, scoring 4 in 8, but Wilson still gets the nod.
Manager – Eddie Howe
Every manager facing McClaren really has nothing to worry about. The only managers McClaren possibly would beat are Remi Garde and Alex Neil. Take nothing away from Howe though, he has done brilliantly at the south coast club. Under his guidance, Bournemouth have climbed all the way from the Football League to the Premier League. One of the brightest young managers in football at the age of just 38. He is only 17 days older than Distin!
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