The players Newcastle United will need to get over Europe line - and who they're missing most

If Newcastle United are to win at Burnley's Turf Moor home, as is their need, then it might come down to their two goal kings. Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson have between them dominated the top of United's scoring charts and both notched when sending Sheffield United crashing back to the Championship.

Isak is white hot, the new supremo at a job which has always created heroes for Geordies. His double to down the Blades took his Premier League total to 19 which jumped him above Wilson's final tally of last season and puts him in sight of Alan Shearer's 22 from the 2003-04 campaign with four matches in which to catch the master. Can he actually threaten Big Al not once but twice? Alex's overall total rests at 23 close to the 28 by Newcastle's all-time record goalscorer in the same season.

He is quite frankly indispensable. Eddie Howe has called Isak the best. Harry Redknapp has called him the best. And now comes the time for United to reward him with the contract he deserves as I am sure they will. Not to would be plain stupid opening them up to accusations of becoming a selling club not a building club. That is what United were happy to be under Mike Ashley but were not bought by Saudi oil to remain so.

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As for Wilson when you can get him on the track he is dynamite. His drawback is obvious - he doesn't play anywhere near enough - but he has eight PL goals so far from eight starts and 10 sub apps and is only three short of a round fifty for the club. Others in the chorus line can take centre stage of course but the star men are definitely those who play centre-forward and regularly bring goals to Newcastle.

However let no one underestimate Anthony Gordon. He is a leading light in his own right with 11 goals and a bagful of assists which have catapulted him into the England plans of a usually cautious Gareth Southgate. SuperMac always admitted that the big guns rely on those who manufacture the bullets so step forward Gordon and Bruno, Jacob Murphy or Harvey Barnes. Maybe Elliot Anderson. We don't care if it is Uncle Tom Cobley as long as it is someone.

Of course Burnley's do-or-die efforts to avoid the drop will fully test United and their frailty on the road will only add to the challenge but then it has all come down to this. Embrace it or it will finish you off.

If you have gained the reputation of Isak and, yes, Wilson down time then you have to repeatedly earn it and now is the time to do so again. Score away as well as before 50,000 voices of approval. Big players step up in big moments. Significantly Isak can do that - he has notched eight of his 23 away from the Tyne to 15 at home.

Some would argue that this is perhaps United's toughest remaining test given that the Clarets will be fighting for their lives from a platform of limited success recently while Brighton have to come here and their season has imploded anyway, Man U are so flaky they can be taken home or away, and Brentford will have nothing to play for on the final day whereas United probably will have.

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The Magpies may be in good Kompany but this is no time to be genial visitors. United could do with winning and it doesn't matter how. Beating Fulham 1-0 after being outplayed first-half brings the same three points as destroying Champions League chasers Aston Villa 3-1. At this stage of proceedings it is all about scoring one more than the opposition. There is no bonus point for style

To bring about three points the defence must play well as a unit not just the strikers find a goal. That being so I'm looking apprehensively towards Martin Dubravka and praying he can hit a purple patch where everything goes his way. For me Martin is a reactive keeper rather than a proactive one. He often fails to dominate situations.

I am very much aware of his loyal service and what we owe him. Dubravka was actually voted North East Player of the Year in the dark days but his hesitancy has cost United a few times since his return. Could he have claimed the ball on the cross for Sheffield United's goal and certainly not be beaten through his legs? And should he have done better when rounded by an opponent only for Dan Burn to rescue him on the line?

A lot has been made of who United have missed the most over long periods of this season - Joelinton, Botman, Trippier, Willock. Well for me Nick Pope is up there with Big Joe.