At the moment, Newcastle’s problem is that their top scorers, Miggy Almiron and Callum Wilson, have ceased to score goals.
As a result, Eddie Howe must play Alexander Isak against West Ham to keep Newcastle on track for the Champions League.
With the three-match suspension of Bruno Guimaraes, it has become necessary to reconsider the lineup and if Joelinton returns to the midfield, then the question becomes who will play on the left up top.
Isak is considered the best option for this position as he is the best bet to score if Almiron and Wilson do not.
Although Isak took a hit on the head during the game against Southampton in midweek, it is believed that he will be available for the game against West Ham.
Howe played cautiously during his press conference and did not reveal any information, stating that Isak has been around training and looks fine.
Isak has already scored crucial goals for Newcastle, including the game-winning goal against Fulham and a goal that led to a win against Southampton.
The Swede is quick, has good feet, and can make and take goals, which is why Newcastle paid a club-record £60m for him.
He is in desperate need of a start and so is Newcastle, who are in need of a consistent goalscorer.
Howe must also decide who will play in front of the back four and who will be released to go forward. He must consider whether Joelinton can protect the back, or if Sean Longstaff must be sacrificed, or if Joe Willock can play the role.
Sean Longstaff has been performing well for Newcastle and covering more ground than any other player in the Premier League.
He has brought a lot to the team and is appreciated by Howe. The suspension of Bruno Guimaraes has made it harder for Newcastle to take nine points from their upcoming games against West Ham, Bournemouth, and Liverpool.
Although Newcastle only plays three times before the league cup final, their opponents, Manchester United, have to play six matches, including a double header with Barcelona, so the pressure is on them.
Newcastle must beat West Ham to keep their hopes alive, and a draw will not be enough. Although there are concerns about where the goals will come from, it is believed that Newcastle will win the Saturday tea-time encounter against West Ham.