Three changes that Newcastle United should make after the international break
Newcastle United have had a mixed start to the season, but three wins from five matches is a good start, especially as transfer speculation has surrounded the club during August. Moussa Sissoko was finally moved on for £30 million to Tottenham and that will help the team-spirit, as the Frenchman had made it clear that he wanted to leave the club. Since their last match, the club have signed Achraf Lazaar, Daryl Murphy and Christian Atsu, all of whom are available this weekend. Here are three changes we think Newcastle should make for their trip to Derby:
Give Lazaar Markovic a debut at left-back
The problem with Newcastle’s left wing this season is that there has been no attacking threat. Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark have both played at left back, while Yoan Gouffran has started the last three matches on the wing. These three players are all hard-working, but lack dynamism in the attacking half. As a result, little has been created down Newcastle’s left hand side. This needs to be addressed, which is why Achraf Lazaar was brought in from Palermo.
He is a player that likes to attack and he has the ability to beat opposition players. Lazaar possesses a decent cross, while he is known for contributing the occasional goal. His addition provides good balance to Benitez’s full back options, as the Spaniard now has an attacking left-back (Lazaar) and a defensive one (Dummett). This weekend, they need to start Lazaar as Gouffran is likely to be selected on the wing. Gouffran is a hard-working winger, who will cover lots of ground and contribute defensively. However, he won’t create very much and more emphasis is put on the left back to push past the Frenchman to join attacks. This is why Lazaar must start over Dummett.
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