If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes tomorrow, who would be in your starting XI to take on Hull City at home? How many changes from the woeful side that were hammered at Southampton would you make? Who plays up front as Emmanuel Riviere continues to be subdued? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I think:


Janmaat – Taylor – Coloccini – Haidara

Sissoko – Tiote – Colback

Obertan – Perez – Cabella

I’d obviously make quite a few changes from the side that were so disappointing against Southampton. One of the biggest faults in the performance was that the side looked short of motivation, which is why I’d put Steven Taylor in the defence, alongside Fabricio Coloccini. Yes, Taylor is a limited defender but he doesn’t need an excuse to get stuck in, which is one of the many things the defence lacked last week.

Three high-energy, aggressive midfielders should do well against Hull’s three central midfielders, with Moussa Sissoko in his favoured position and being covered by Tiote and Colback when he goes forward.

Up front I’d change things, with Gabriel Obertan coming in for the first time this season. The Frenchman performed well in pre-season and could do well at home, although the fans may show frustration towards him if he can’t get off to a good start.

Cabella would switch to the left wing in place of Yoan Gouffran. He and Obertan will switch and hopefully cause problems.

Down the middle, I’d get Ayoze Perez in for his first start. He always looks lively coming off the bench and is no doubt best in a central striker position. His pace causes problems and if he gets the service, he can finish.

A 4-3-3 formation is key, as Hull play a 3-5-2 system and our three strikers will occupy the three centre-backs. That will force a midfielder to drop deep and give an extra man, meaning one of our midfielders – most likely Sissoko – can get into the game and create something.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and have your say!