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Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong and Ayoze Perez to start against Watford, says Newcastle fans

Siem de Jong
Siem de Jong

Time to be bold, Steve.

That seems to be the message from Newcastle United fans ahead of their game against watford on Saturday.

Newcastle’s goalscoring record this season is pathetic. They’ve scored in just one of five Premier League games. Against Arsenal and Manchester United, they failed to have an effort on target.

In fact, three of the four shots that troubled West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph on Monday night came from right-back Daryl Janmaat.

The other was a deflected effort by substitute Siem de Jong, and there is now a growing clamour for the Dutchman to start a Premier league game.

Is he fully fit? Well, he played 90 minutes against Northampton Town in the Capital One Cup and showed his class, albeit against League Two opposition.

Rolando Aarons

Rolando Aarons

Another player who stared that night was Rolando Aarons, but he failed to impress in the same way that Florian Thauvin did on the opposite flank.

Aarons, however, was electric at times in pre-season and could offer Newcastle an extra attacking outlet with his pace, eye for goal and crossing ability.

Ayoze Perez looks set to start, having looked bright and threatening as a second-half sub along with De Jong. Steve MClaren almost said as much after the game.

But will he throw off the shackles and ditch the two defensive midfielders at home to newly-promoted Watford?

Fans on Twitter certainly hope so. The majority who tweeted me their preferred line-up today had Newcastle playing a front four of Thauvin, De Jong, Perez and Aarons, with Georginio Wijnaldum dropped deeper alongside either Vurnon Anita or Jack Colback.

It would certainly be an attacking line-up but will McClaren be as positive?