While the extent of his injury is yet to be announced, Paul Dummett looks likely to miss next week’s trip to Burnley after injuring himself on international duty – and we’ve been thinking of a few solutions Rafa Benitez may be considering due to our lack of cover at left-back.
Javier Manquillo has shown that he just isn’t up to the grade, especially to cover for a sustained period of games if Dummett’s injury is as bad as feared. Yedlin is already being targeted by opposition teams so we would struggle with another weak link at full back, all of which means that Rafa may consider changing formation to get the most out the squad and compensate for our clear strength and depth at centre half.
As revealed by @BlackWhiteBarmy on Twitter, here are a few line-ups that we think could work well next Monday:
If Dummett misses out vs Burnley, could we see Rafa go for something like this? 🤔
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) November 18, 2018
Kenedy has experience playing at full back for Chelsea but clearly struggled there for Newcastle when part of a back four; being a wing back hopefully wouldn’t curtail his attacking abilities as much. These teams would allow us to reward Schar with a starting berth after his fine form and partnership with Fernandez, whilst enabling a return to the side for skipper Lascelles. Three strong centre halves also counters the defensive weakness of Yedlin too, who is often out of position in a defensive four.
The second line up allows Shelvey to return in exchange for some width but thanks for the fine form of Schar and Ki, it is nice to finally have some decisions to make on the makeup of the Newcastle starting XI. Rafa will be reluctant to change formation of course but I personally would love to the see first team above given a go at Burnley.
What personnel or formation would you go with if Dummett is out for the foreseeable future?