If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes tonight, who would be in your team for the game against Bordeaux? We have a young squad travelling so how many first team players would you like to see have a crack at the French side? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:


Tavernier Coloccini Williamson Ferguson

Amalfitano Bigirimana Abeid Marveaux

Sa. Ameobi Ranger

It’s going to be a young side that takes on Bordeaux so don’t expect the usual big names to be out there from the start. Papiss Cisse has travelled but could be on the bench as Ranger and Ameobi Jr are confirmed starters.

I’d go with Rob Elliot in goal and save Krul for Monday, as the former Charlton keeper has looked good in Europa League games this season. James Tavernier has potential but has made mistakes recently when given the chance, so tonight could be another chance for him to shine.

Romain Amalfitano has almost been forgotten since arriving in the summer and needs games to emerge as a talent so again it could be a time for him to step up. As for Ranger, tonight is another chance most kids would dream of, so lets hope he doesn’t throw it away like he has the tendency too.

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

By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

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  1. matty

    doubt captain colo will be risked, and have ?s over weather abeid n amalfitano will start, hope our young uns come up trumps the night, HWTL !

  2. @amacdee

    I've already posted elsewhere that Bordeaux like to play with two DM's although they are also known to play a straight five at the back on occasions. If Pardwho is starting Ranger then he'll either be the target man up front or replace Cisse in a version of Monday nights 4-2-3-1 starting line up against Wigan.

    Gael Bigirimana – fresh from his wonder goal against Wigan – will start, along with Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi, while French playmaker Sylvain Marveaux will get another chance to impress. So expect Marveaux to be given the central mid role with Ranger and Sammy on either side and Shola uo front ?


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