Rafa Benitez’s side go into today’s game against Leeds United top of the Championship and brimming with confidence.
Almost every player in the squad is playing well, from back to front the looks organised and well structured, regardless of which players are selected, from the squad, to play on the day.
With everything going so well, each week the manager is faced with a slight selection dilemma, but Benitez, being the world class manager that he is, has gotten it right so far this season despite almost constant rotation.
The rotation however, is cause for discussion every week. While everyone is seemingly happy with it, it is always fun to try and pick a team when nobody knows what it will be.
With that in mind, could this be the likely team for today’s game?
GK: Karl Darlow
RB: Vurnon Anita
CB: Jamaal Lascelles (C)
CB: Ciaran Clark
LB: Paul Dummett
RM: Matt Ritchie
CM: Jonjo Shelvey
CM: Isaac Hayden
LM: Yoan Gouffran
Ten: Mohammad Diame
ST: Aleksandar Mitrovic
While not everyone will agree, the team has been laid out in this shape for the entirety of this season and it may not change for some time. As for the personnel, this is just speculation at this stage.