If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes tonight, who would you pick for the game against Stoke? Who plays at the back? Who starts up front in the absence of Shola Ameobi and lack of form of Cisse? Is it the first XI who walk through the door that get a game?!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Krul

Simpson Williamson Coloccini Santon

Gutierrez Anita Tiote Marveaux

Ba Sa. Ameobi

I’d go with a patched up side but one that should have a go at Stoke. Sammy Ameobi is up there with the most creative players we have at the minute and Marveaux can hopefully show us something that warrants his arrival from Rennes last year.

Gutierrez is in poor form but Obertan isn’t fit enough to replace him so he should continue, plus his work rate should be helpful against the physicality of Stoke.

Coloccini is back and will have to put a shift in if we are to get anything from this game. Williamson tends to play better alongside the Argentinian so we might be OK in the defensive third.

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

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  1. @R150179

    We are lacking height in our team therefore this is the team I would suggest
    Krul
    Simo Willo Colo Santon

    Tiote Perch

    Jonas Anita Sa Ameobi

    Ba

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