On Sky Sports’ Saturday Social, there’s a weekly segment where they ask YouTube football personalities to create lists around a given topic.
With the World Cup on hiatus after this weekend’s round of fixtures, this week’s theme was picking the best 11 of the season so far. They went with a 4-3-3 formation and Newcastle came out with five representatives in the final squad and an honorable mention for Eddie Howe as manager.
James Alcott and Harry Pinero were tasked with agreeing on the best eleven, with the pair often agreeing on who should make the squad or at least reaching an amicable compromise.
Nick Pope started first in the table with Pinero adamant he should be in the squad given his form and Newcastle’s lack of conceded goals this season. Alcott had Dean Henderson but eventually accepted Pope. Then the two chose Kieran Trippier as their right-back. I mean, is there really anyone else in that position near the form he’s in? No is the answer to this rhetorical question.
Sven Botman earned a mention for the centre-back but failed to qualify just like he did for his national team. Dan Burn was Alcott’s choice for left-back and his argument was so compelling that Burn made the cut.
There was absolutely no argument about Bruno Guimaraes playing the role of central midfielder with Alcott waxing lyrical about our Brazilian hero. Then, after some debate over which side Saka should be played on, he was eventually placed on the left to make room for Miguel Almiron on the right as there was simply no way he couldn’t be included. .
Newcastle targets James Maddison and Leandro Trossard were mentioned with Maddison making the cut alongside a discussion of his proposed move to Newcastle, but Trossard was left out in favor of Almiron/Saka.
Mikel Arteta beat Eddie Howe as manager due to his league standing and Newcastle’s dominance over team selection.
It shows how far we have come this season that we have so many players represented in an XI chosen by non-Newcastle fans, not to mention we are the most represented club in England’s World Cup squad. .
What a time to be a Geordie!
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