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NUFC Lineup vs Spurs

Newcastle United kick-off their Premier League campaign at St. James’s Park against Tottenham Hotspurs. The official line-up for the first game of the season is as follows:

  • Tim Krul
  • Danny Simpson
  • James Perch
  • Steven Taylor
  • Davide Santon
  • Cheick Tiote
  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Jonas Gutierrez
  • Hatem Ben Arfa
  • Papiss Cisse
  • Demba Ba

A decent lineup from the Toon, but the obvious drop off here is James Perch starting in place of the absent Coloccini. However, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cisse, and Ba all start after doubts over their fitness during midweek.

New signing Vurnon Anite earns a place among the substitutes alongside Harper, Ryan Taylor, Williamson, Gosling, Obertan, and the Shola.

What stands out to me is the omission of Williamson to the bench. There’s apparently something that Alan Pardew feels that James Perch offers which Mike Williamson doesn’t.

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