McClaren expects 'sleepless nights' over whether Aleksandar Mitrovic starts this weekend

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren isn't sure whether to start Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba this weekend.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has told Sky Sports that he isn't sure whether to start new signings Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba this weekend.

The Magpies kick off their Premier League campaign against Southampton on Sunday, and will be hoping to get off to a great start at St. James' Park.

New manager Steve McClaren needs a strong beginning to the season after last season's terrible campaign, but the game against Southampton is a tough one to start with.

Recent signing Georginio Wijnaldum will almost certainly start the game, but the participation of Mitrovic and Mbemba - two recent arrivals from Anderlecht - isn't quite so sure.

McClaren admitted to Sky Sports that he will have 'sleepless nights' over whether to start Mitrovic, whilst Mbemba could also feature despite issues with his work permit of late.

"Certainly the game he played against Gladbach for half an hour, he impressed. He impressed in training but he hasn’t had many games. Is it to soon to start him? I have to make that decision. I’ve got a couple of sleepless nights to think about that one," said McClaren.

"He’s [Mbemba] has been backwards and forwards with visa applications and he’s trained with us for a couple of days. Against Gladbach he impressed. Those are the two players that haven’t been with us for the past few weeks. That’s one of the decisions I will have to make whether they start or not," he added.

Both players will be huge parts of McClaren's Newcastle side, and it would be great for them to make their Premier League debuts at St. James' Park.

Ultimately though, the duo have a long time to make impacts with the Magpies, and if McClaren feels they aren't ready to start the game, they should be held back until they are prepared and settled in to life in English football.

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