The NUFC team I would love to see start at Bournemouth tomorrow – One change could be key

It would be easy for me to say that Rafa should make no changes to the side that beat Manchester United a few weekends ago, however there’s ONE change I’d be keen to see Benitez make at Bournemouth –  Merino in for Perez.

Here’s the team we’d like to see start tomorrow and a few reasons why below:

(4-2-3-1): Dubravka – Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett – Diame, Shelvey – Ritchie, MERINO, Kenedy – Gayle

Perez put in decent shifts against Man Utd, but still frustrated even though just about everyone else was at it that day. He’s ‘busy’, but his output isn’t enough – and tomorrow’s game could be decided by making the most of the big moments in the game.

I also feel we should look at finding a place for Merino in the side. I watched him play in an advanced role for Spain U-21’s and he was brilliant. He has that quality on the ball and ability to drop the shoulder and glide past players, so I can see him being more than capable of playing ahead of the Shelvey and Diame.

Let us know your thoughts folks. I’m not backing on Benitez making these changes, but I think it could work well.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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