MAC Leav­ing pair off teamsheet would do them an in­jus­tice

HERE’S HOP­ING RAFA SENDS THE RIGHT MES­SAGE TO PLAY­ERS TODAY

The Chronicle - - Sport -

IF YOU want to get the best out of foot­ballers then re­ward them when they play well.

And that should mean Ki and Fabian Schar start­ing against Bournemouth at St James Park this af­ter­noon.

Be­cause both have been ig­nored vir­tu­ally all sea­son, but when they were forced to go on last week­end be­cause of in­juries, they along with an­other sub Ay­oze Perez, turned the game and pro­duced New­cas­tle’s first win of the sea­son.

To leave them out now would be to send out the wrong mes­sage. It would dec­i­mate them.

I be­lieve the most cru­cial thing today will be Rafa’s team sheet and I’m des­per­ate for Ki, Schar, and Perez to start re­gard­less of the fit­ness of the three play­ers they re­placed.

All three new­com­ers played key roles in the de­feat of Wat­ford. Be­fore they came on United hardly got a kick and the vis­i­tors ought to have been out of sight but the team was en­er­gised by their in­tro­duc­tion. Maybe United lost their skip­per Ja­maal Las­celles and play­maker Jonjo Shelvey, but some­times there is too much re­liance on the pair and it was as if oth­ers were re­leased from their shack­les. Ki played 15 yards fur­ther up the pitch than Shelvey and drove on in sup­port of Salomon Ron­don, while

Schar, like Fed­erico Fer­nan­dez, looked com­fort­able on the ball com­ing out of the back. In fact I thought they were tasty as a pair.

As for Perez I feel sorry for him be­cause I think he’s a good foot­baller but some fans want a more phys­i­cal ap­proach which he can­not bring.

The lad is dainty and his goal was de­light­fully del­i­cate. I was in awe. Hon­estly.

Ki re­ally drove the free-kick but Perez re­sisted get­ting too good a touch, with­draw­ing and swiv­el­ling his neck to deftly lift the ball be­yond the keeper and into the far cor­ner of the net. It was a goal wor­thy of win­ning any match, though in re­al­ity United pinched the three points.

Ron­don was forced to stay on be­cause all three subs were used early, but I think the 90 min­utes will have done him good fit­ness wise. He is still the best bet of what is on of­fer up top be­cause of his phys­i­cal pres­ence. Perez will ben­e­fit from it for a start.

United would not have beaten Wat­ford but for the in­tro­duc­tion of the three subs. It would have been a 0-0 draw. So I would like New­cas­tle to start as they fin­ished in terms of line up.

Too often this sea­son the team has picked it­self bar­ring in­juries. Even af­ter de­feats and that isn’t good.

For the first time we now have com­pe­ti­tion and I hope Rafa makes the most of it.

He got lucky with the subs work­ing af­ter he was forced into mak­ing them, but now the choice is his.

I think fans and play­ers alike will be more than in­ter­ested in his teamsheet this af­ter­noon.

I be­lieve the most cru­cial thing today will be Rafa’s teamsheet and I’m des­per­ate for Ki, Schar, and Perez to start

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