Callum Wilson picked up his fourth booking of the season as Newcastle drew 3-3 with Brentford on Saturday.
The number nine was unable to get on the scoresheet, coming narrowly close in the opening five minutes with a header. He also had an effort cleared off the line by Ivan Toney.
But Newcastle looked much better going forwards, and less reliant on Wilson.
Alas, the Magpies were unable to get that elusive first win of the season. They now sit rock bottom of the Premier League table with just six points on the board.
Next up is a trip to Arsenal, which is far from ideal for Eddie Howe and co. Newcastle need a result, but they may struggle to get one at the Emirates.
While Howe won’t want his side to overlook the clash with the Gunners, Newcastle’s two games after it are much more winnable. They face Norwich at home before a trip to Burnley – two sides who are also in the relegation mix.
Howe can’t be without Wilson for Norwich game
With those two fixtures in mind, Howe will surely be worried about Wilson’s card situation.
The forward got a harsh yellow early in the second half for a foul on Pontus Jansson. It was Wilson’s fourth of the season, meaning he is one booking away from a suspension.
With that in mind, could Howe take Wilson out of the side on Saturday to ensure he’s available to face Norwich?
It would be a risky decision considering our precarious position. But realistically, the game against Norwich is a lot more winnable than Arsenal.
Wilson is a forward with an edge. He seems like a nightmare to play against. But because of that, he is susceptible to a yellow card.
The Norwich game is must win. Going into that fixture without Wilson would be devastating. Therefore, perhaps it is worth reducing the 29-year-old to a substitute role at the Emirates.
It would be a huge risk, and one that Howe is unlikely to take. But it is something worth considering going into a huge week for the Magpies.