Newcastle quartet the key to success this weekend

Posted on September 28th, 2018 | No Comments |

Salomon Rondon
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Two points from six games is a paltry return by any stretch of the imagination and it’s a situation that Newcastle United need to quickly resolve.

Much has been written about owner Mike Ashley’s lack of investment in the squad, but the Magpies still have plenty of talented players at their disposal.

With Saturday’s home game against Leicester City the ideal opportunity for Newcastle to get more points on the board, we look at who could be the difference makers this weekend.

Salomon Rondon

Newcastle face an anxious wait to learn if Rondon will be fit enough to start this weekend’s crucial match.

The striker was forced off at half-time during United’s 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last Saturday due to a quad injury.

He has managed just three Premier League starts since joining on a season-long loan deal from West Bromwich Albion and punters would need to use a before thinking of backing him to get on the scoresheet given his form so far.

Rondon has proved in the past he can be a handful – it’s time he started showing the same sort of drive in a Newcastle shirt.

Jamaal Lascelles & Federico Fernandez

Lascelles has blossomed into a centre-half of genuine quality over the past few years and he is a hugely important part of Newcastle’s backline.

The captain has started to develop an excellent understanding with summer signing Federico Fernandez, and their partnership could be the key to success against the Foxes.

The pair recorded their first clean sheet together during the goalless draw against Palace last weekend and their vocal nature has given Newcastle a platform to build from.

Lascelles has stated his belief that Newcastle can climb up the Premier League and into the top 10 this season. His partnership with Fernandez could determine whether that prediction comes to fruition.

Jonjo Shelvey

The midfielder has performed with credit this season, although the lack of quality around him has limited some of his impact.

However, home matches against the likes of Leicester are the sort of game Shelvey should be dominating if he has designs on breaking back into the England squad.

The 26-year-old was overlooked for this summer’s World Cup and he has not been called up since Gareth Southgate replaced Sam Allardyce in November 2016.

A dominating performance against the Foxes would be a good platform to build from if he is going to catch Southgate’s eye.

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