Picking the Best Potential Newcastle Lineup to Face Swansea on Sunday

​After a terrible start to the season, Newcastle bounced back superbly before the international break with a win against West Ham. The Toon Army will now travel in numbers to South Wales hoping for a first Premier League away win since December 2015.


Here is the team Rafa Benitez could pick for the trip to Swansea.

Goalkeeper

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​Rob Elliot will remain in goal. That's about the long and the short of it.

Defence

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  • Lascelles
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  • Clark
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  • Yedlin
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Newcastle's defence has been decimated by injury, with Chancel Mbemba, Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune all doubts. That means the Championship-winning centre-back partnership of Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles will continue to start. 


Javier Manquillo has impressed in his three games since arriving from Atlético Madrid, while DeAndre Yedlin could play at left back. 

Midfield

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  • Hayden
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  • Ritchie
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  • Ayoze
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  • Atsu
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​Mikel Merino's performances have provided plenty of positives for Newcastle this season, even in games where the rest of the team have performed poorly. He has also struck up a good partnership with Isaac Hayden. 


Further forward, Newcastle's dynamic trio of Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez and Christian Atsu will continue together

Forwards

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Joselu got off the mark for Newcastle against West Ham, and the signing of the £5m striker looks to be an excellent piece of business for Rafa Benitez. He will continue this week as Dwight Gayle is absent ill - while Aleksandar Mitrović, also a scorer against West Ham, is absent through suspension.

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