The Frenchman is widely regarded as - at least - one of Southampton's most influential players but the Magpies have a midfield enforcer of their own to rely on.
That man, Cheick Tiote, has not featured yet this season but could return from injury this weekend. Pardew confirmed that the Ivorian could be set for his first Premier League appearance of the campaign in his pre-match press conference.
AP: "Tiote will be in the squad (for Saturday) if he comes back fit from international duty." #nufc— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 11, 2014
And, according to the Shields Gazette, Tiote has proven his fitness in Newcastle training. But can the 28-year-old stop Schneiderlin from doing what he does best for the Saints?
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As Opta stats show, the pair were evenly matched last term, having played almost the exact same amount of minutes in the Premier League. Schneiderlin won slightly more interceptions, while Tiote completed almost 100 more passes. Similarly, Tiote won more dribbles but the Southampton midfielder scored two goals to the Ivorian's none.
But, in two key areas, 24-year-old Schneiderlin comes out on top. Indeed, the Saints man won 18 more tackles than his adversary last term - and created six more chances.
That gives Schneiderlin the edge in both defence and attack over Tiote, showing just what Newcastle will have to deal with if they want to avoid another 4-0 defeat at St Mary's this time around. The Magpies were on the receiving end of a Southampton drubbing last term and Schneiderlin registered an assist during the process.
Tiote's return, though, will still be of vital importance to Pardew's men. Two goalless draws suggested Newcastle's biggest problems lay in the final third but conceding three against Crystal Palace at home highlighted worries at the other end of the pitch.
If the Ivorian does feature at St Mary's, he will be in charge of protecting the back four as best he can.