Norwich City chief Alex Neil ponders whether to unleash Dieumerci Mbokani
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Dynamo Kiev loan signing Dieumerci Mbokani is now ready to be unleashed on the Premier League for Alex Neil.
The powerful frontman scored his first Norwich City goal in the 2-1 league defeat to Leicester City prior to the international break, and then notched in a 2-0 friendly win for the DR Congo against Nigeria.
Neil admits he now has a big decision to make for the trip to St James' Park after Cameron Jerome's leading role in the opening part of the season.
'Dieumerci wasn't playing because of any fitness issue. He was probably fit enough to start but Cameron has been doing well and delivering what I asked of him, so that meant he had to bide his time. I have selection decisions to make not just in that position but across the whole team and I will pick the side I think is best-equipped to deal with what Newcastle have.'
Mbokani was part of a large City exodus over the international fortnight, and Neil faces another anxious spell next month with the likes of Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady, Alex Tettey and Martin Olsson all likely to be on Euro 2016 play-off duty.
'As a player you want to play in the big matches and they don't come much bigger than representing your country in two games to get to the finals of a major tournament,' said Neil. 'They will be desperate to be involved and we will wish them well. The problem is of course they might end up playing against each other so I will need to pick a side. We want them to go, to represent their countries and give a good account of themselves. They are representing Norwich as well and they know what is expected.
'It shows we have good international-class players because the majority who went away featured for their countries. That indicates how strong our squad is the fact we can attract international players and it bodes well for us.'