Picking the Best Possible Newcastle Lineup to Face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday

Only one player has retained their place from the team that gave Spurs a 5-1 drubbing before being consequently relegated, with only Paul Dummett set to start once again from that team a long 15 months ago. 

With Newcastle United back in the Premier League, a new season brings new optimism and hope for the supporters despite the clubs' recent trophy drought,


  • Elliot

One of three players surviving from the pre-Rafa reign, Elliott suffered with a knee injury for the majority of last season, eventually appearing for the last three Championship fixtures. 

The step up in leagues will signal no change, with Elliot maintaining his place as he has done for pre-season. 


  • Manquillo
  • Clark
  • Lejeune
  • Dummett

The centre back pairing have played the most minutes out of any Newcastle players this pre-season, and are set to maintain their place ahead of this match. The aforementioned Dummett played in the last Premier League meeting between the sides. 

Summer signing Javier Manquillo will take the place of the injured DeAndre Yedlin, and has been impressive during pre-season, providing the assist for Perez goal against Hellas Verona last Sunday. Manquillo can play both full back positions, and will eventually provide competition for Dummett which fans have been crying out for. 


  • Ritchie
  • Hayden
  • Shelvey
  • Atsu

Mostly unproven in the Premier League, bar Shelvey, this midfield will be given a true test facing off against Spurs this Sunday. Ritchie's 12 Championship goals were essential to the league winning campaign, and he will be looking to replicate the form of last season. 

Hayden was one of the breakout stars for Newcastle, cementing his place in the first team despite being only 21. 

Shelvey is crucial as a creative force within this team, Dier and Dembele will try their best to shut him out of the game completely. The pace of Atsu could be used to target the kink in Tottenham's armour with Kyle Walker-Peters set to start at right-back.


  • Gayle
  • Diamé

Getting service to Dwight Gayle will be essential for Newcastle to come away with a result, the club's top scorer with 23 goals last season will be looking to make his mark on the Premier League. A somewhat failed stint with Crystal Palace saw Gayle end up at St James Park, and essentially become the main man for the Magpies. 

Diamé will play as the second striker, posed behind Gayle using his physicality to win second balls and play through their danger man. Diame will drop into midfield if Newcastle need to solidify, but should Benitez feel brave Diame will find himself going forward more often than not.