Who do you think will be Norwich City’s key man against Newcastle?

Both Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan could prove key for Norwich City against Newcastle United.

Both Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan could prove key for Norwich City against Newcastle United. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It's a six-pointer, the biggest game of the season and a relegation decider – most of all, it is a must-win game when Norwich City face Newcastle United at Carrow Road on Saturday.

City are in safer territory – but not by much, as they sit three points above Newcastle and two ahead of Sunderland.

The Canaries go into the game on the back of a win at West Brom which provided a confidence boost to anyone of a green and yellow persuasion.

The feel-good feeling is palpable – but to ensure that continues, City boss Alex Neil has to get it spot on against the Magpies.

So who are his key players, the men in which the future of Norwich City is being entrusted?


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Starting at the back, John Ruddy is a shoo-in - dropping him might just be the best thing Neil could have done, with the former England man back to his best.

In front of him the defence has wobbled, but the arrival of Timm Klose has steadied the ship.

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In midfield, Gary O'Neil is enjoying a purple patch - talking of which, will he wear that protective bandage around his head again? And Jonny Howson's influence is growing more and more. Between them, they are allowing us to forget that fans' favourite Alex Tettey is out injured.

Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady have been on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, so fingers crossed they return unharmed: Brady has been an excellent addition, while Wes is Wes. Genius.

One of the big questions is who to play up front: will Hoolahan get the nod to play off Dieumerci Mbokani or will Patrick Bamford be involved? Bamford has the tools, Mbokani the muscle.

Alex Neil has options: which ones will he go for?

Who do you think will be City's key man? Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.

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