This Sunday sees Newcastle United and Sunderland face off in a Tyne-Wear Derby with a whiff of desperation about it, as both sides are still scrambling to secure their place in the Premier League.
The January signing has mostly played on the flank for Newcastle United, and despite his fine start in that position it could be worth moving him inside next to Cisse to ease the goal-scoring pressure on the Senegalese player.
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The German made an impressive debut last night, and whilst the summer is usually viewed as the best time to sign player, there are benefits to making a move in the winter window.
Mark Hughes takes his side to Old Trafford under incredible pressure, having not picked up a league win yet this season. Is there any way his side can avoid defeat to United?
With Pardew keen to accommodate Cisse and Ba as central strikers this season, a 4-4-2 system has been in place, with the result that Cabaye and Ben Arfa are stifled by defensive responsibility.