With a top half finish now out of reach, Newcastle only have pride to play for on the final day of the Premier League season – when Chelsea make the trip to St. James’ Park knowing they need a win to stand a chance of sneaking a last-minute top four finish.
Accordingly, Sunday’s clash represents a chance for Rafa Benitez to give game time to some of the club’s promising young players, putting them to the test at Premier League level without needing to fear the consequences of a defeat.
With that in mind, we asked Newcastle fans earlier this week whether promising 21-year-old Daniel Barlaser, who failed to make his mark on loan at Crewe earlier this term, should be handed his Premier League debut for the Blues.
But our poll revealed that Magpies fans aren’t wholly convinced by the idea. While 37% would involve Barlaser in Sunday’s starting XI, a more significant 63% wouldn’t. Are there any other youngsters you’d like to see involved this weekend instead, Newcastle fans? Let us know by commenting below…