West Ham United 0-1 Newcastle United|
G : Muto
A : Sterry
Preston North End 2-1 Newcastle United |
G : Shelvey
A : Schar
Hibernian 1-3 Newcastle United |
G : Joelinton, S Longstaff, Lascelles
A : Manquillo, Joelinton, Aarons
Newcastle United 2-1 Saint-Etienne |
G : Joelinton, M Longstaff
A : Schar, S Longstaff
✔ Goalkeepers: Dubravka (£5.0) is the first choice, and is covered by Darlow (£4.5) & Woodman (£4.0).
✔ Defenders: Steve Bruce has deployed a 3-5-2 formation with Schar (£5.0), Lascelles (£4.5) & Fernandez (£4.5) playing as a back 3. Both Schar & Lascelles have had attacking returns in preseason, getting 2 assists and a goal respectively. Schar also takes free-kicks. Manquillo (£4.5) is the right wing-back and he did provide an assist in the 3-1 win over Hibernian. Ritchie (£5.5) is injured so Rolando Aarons (no price yet) has taken over at left wing-back. Yedlin (£4.5) & Lejune (£4.5) are still injured.
✔ Midfielders: Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0) will be the penalty taker in Ritchie's absence. And he is the set-piece taker. Sean Longstaff (£5.0) was impressive in preseason, he was able to get a goal and an assist. Almiron (£6.0) might be quite a gem this season as he has been playing out of position. He's been playing as a forward with new signing Joelinton.
✔ Forwards: Joelinton (£6.0) has hit the ground running. He scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist in his first 3 appearances for The Magpies. Muto (£5.5) did score the winner in the 1-0 win over West Ham, but it looks like Bruce prefers Almiron to partner up with Joelinton.
BEST CHOICES: Add Schar (£5.0), Shelvey (£5.0), Almiron (£6.0) & Joelinton (£6.0) to your watchlist. They might actually be good budget picks.