Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United selection dilemma for Crystal Palace with potential debut decision


Howe is expected to make several changes to the team that beat Southampton 4-1 in the Premier League on Sunday. The likes of Chris Wood, Jonjo Shelvey, Allan Saint-Maximin, Javier Manquillo and Elliot Anderson could all be named in the starting line-up after coming off the bench at St Mary’s.

But there is a big appeal between the posts on Wednesday. Nick Pope has started every league game Newcastle this season and Howe could opt to rotate his goalkeepers for the cup match as he did in the previous round.

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Karl Darlow started in the 2-1 win at Tranmere in August before picking up an ankle injury that kept him out for over a month. United signed free agent Loris Karius to cover in Darlow’s absence, but now with the 32-year-old back in contention, Howe has a decision to make.

Karius has yet to feature for Newcastle, and with his initial deal at the club set to expire in January, the Palace game is likely to be his only realistic chance of a competitive start for the club should they decide not to extend his contract.

But it was a newly formed Darlow who was the preferred option on the Southampton bench, potentially hinting at Howe’s preference for the Carabao Cup game.

When asked about a possible selection dilemma, the United boss remained tight-lipped about which player he would pick for the game, with a decision yet to be made.

“It’s the same as the field players, tomorrow we will make a decision about our team [Wednesday],” Howe said in his pre-match press conference. “We will finish training today and I will have a full idea of ​​who is fit and available. I will make my decision one day at a time.

He added: “My philosophy has always been to try to progress and build a winning mentality.

“You also want to give your squad a chance to prove they are good enough and claim a place in the Premier League. It’s a delicate balance. The most important thing is to approach the game in the right way.”


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