Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor and Massadio Haidara are patiently waiting for an opportunity, ahead of tomorrow’s last home game of the season.
Mike Williamson’s central defensive partnership with captain Fabricio Coloccini was brutally pulled apart by the Sky Sports pundits.
Alan Pardew: “There are options, but I think Willo had a great run of form, and I think we need him on Saturday.
“He’ll play. I spoke to him, and I expect him to play a lot better on Saturday. I think he’ll respond to that.”