Yohan Cabaye - Newcastle United Football News

After a busy week in the transfer market, Alan Pardew will attempt to re-concentrate his troops on life in the Premier League, when they travel to the capital to take on Fulham. After beating fellow Londoners QPR last week, Newcastle will be looking to extend their good run at the expense of a hit and miss Cottagers side.

All the talk from Tyneside this week has been surrounding the new number 9 at St James’ Park but Papiss Demba Cisse will have to wait until Senegal crash out of the African Nations Cup to make his black and white debut.

For tomorrow though, Leon Best will be hoping he can further impress, after his excellent goal last week proved that Newcastle don’t have to have a Demba up front to score goals. Best scored both goals for the Geordies when the two teams met earlier in the season, in a 2-1 win.

Fulham have also strengthened this week, signing Jack Grimmer from Aberdeen; however the new arrival will hardly strike fear into Newcastle’s defence, which remains one of the strongest in the league.

Newcastle will be hoping Yohan Cabaye is fit to start, after he was stretchered off thanks to a shocking tackle from Shaun Derry last weekend. The France international will undergo late fitness tests to determine whether he starts or not.

Sammy Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux, Steven Taylor and Nile Ranger are all injured for the Magpies but there could be a place in the squad for Peter Lovenkrands, a first appearance since he was last involved in the 4-2 debacle at Carrow Road last month.

As for Martin Jol, he will be hoping star striker Moussa Dembele is fit after he was substituted with a hip problem in the defeat to basement boys Blackburn last week. Mark Schwarzer will also miss out, so David Stockdale will continue between the sticks.

Fulham have a number of former Newcastle players, with Damien Duff and Aaron Hughes both plying their trade in the capital after making the switch from Tyneside. Duff has never found full form though and in recent weeks, Hughes has been out of favour, watching the last seven games from the Cottagers’ bench.

A win for Newcastle coupled with Arsenal dropping points could move the Geordies up to fifth in the table, not bad for a side missing three key players thanks to the African Nations Cup.