Graphic: Why Steve McClaren should select this Newcastle XI versus Swansea

Newcastle United travel to Swansea City this weekend.

Steve McClaren’s first away game as Newcastle United manager sees his side travel to South Wales this weekend to take on a talented Swansea City outfit.

The Magpies opened their Premier League account for the season with a highly entertaining 2-2 draw with Southampton, a game which had many positives for McClaren.

The former Derby County manager opted for an attacking formation against the Saints, but at the Liberty Stadium he must name a compact side which will be happy to give up possession for long periods.

Back five:

Newcastle’s back five were put under a lot of pressure by Southampton on Sunday, though for the large part they performed well and there is no reason to change that for the trip to Swansea.

With Paul Dummett injured, Jamaal Lascelles lacking experience and Mike Williamson battling fitness issues, Newcastle don’t have many alternatives at the back.

Midfield five:

While McClaren favours a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 continental approach, he can’t afford to be too open against the Swans or his side will be picked off by the wonderful passing and movement of the hosts.

Vurnon Anita picked up a back strain against Southampton, therefore Cheick Tiote ought to come in alongside Jack Colback, while Moussa Sissoko tucks in off the right flank.

Georginio Wijnaldum will provide a threat through the middle as he plays off the striker, but the key to Newcastle’s game this weekend could be the pace they use on the break.

Gabriel Obertan had a good game and picked up an assist on Sunday, yet this could be an ideal contest for Rolando Aarons to use his speed and technical ability to support the attack down the left.

Swansea pose a considerable threat from wide areas as Jefferson Montero and Andre Ayew proved against Chelsea, so McClaren’s wide men will have to be willing to contribute defensively.


Aleksandar Mitrovic is arguably too raw and undisciplined for what is expected to be a tactical battle this weekend, therefore Papiss Cisse ought to lead the line for a second successive fixture.

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