Newcastle United are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season after two draws and a defeat from the club’s opening three games.
Alan Pardew needs his side to kick into gear quickly and start climbing the table if Newcastle don’t want to get involved in a scrap at the wrong end of the table during the first half of the season.
We’ve taken a look at Newcastle’s squad and have attempted to name the side’s strongest eleven with everyone fit and available.
GK – Tim Krul
Newcastle know exactly what they’re going to get from the Dutchman on a weekly basis.
RB – Daryl Janmaat
One of the club’s summer signings. He looks well suited to the pace and style of the English game.
CB – Mike Williamson
A towering, no nonsense type of defender who is also a threat in the final third at set pieces.
CB – Fabricio Coloccini
One of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League and a key component of the back four.
LB – Massido Haidara
Joined the club in the winter of last year. Has finally secured a regular starting position for himself in the first team and provides balance to the back four.
RM – Remy Cabella
An attacking player who can play a wider role from the right hand side. Another summer arrival who has looked promising.
CM – Cheick Tiote
A midfielder who does the dirty and gritty work in the middle of the team.
CM – Jack Colback
Already popular with Newcastle fans for joining from local rivals Sunderland. He definitely has a big future in the English game.
CM – Siem de Jong
The most advanced of the central midfield players. He can control that space in behind the main striker.
LM – Moussa Sissoko
We’ve put Sissoko on the left for the sake of getting him in the team. His pace on the counter attack is frightening.
ST – Emmanuel Riviere
He will get better with more games. His pace, movement and strength have all looked relatively decent over the first few games of the season.