That leaves Hughton with some tough decisions. Ben Arfa can play on either wing or just behind the striker leaving Kevin Nolan, Wayne Routledge or Jonas Gutierrez with a fight. Tiote is battling to replace Alan Smith as the holding midfielder.
Hughton said: "I would not be worried about dropping them just because they are big personalities. The important thing is you get the right balance. You pick a team to win a football match.
"More important than any of that is come the last game of the season, that we are still in the Premier League. Also that we have had a good enough season. Those factors are more important than any individuals.
"When I was caretaker manager I left out Michael Owen so I think I have proved I am not afraid of leaving out big names. The most important thing is we are endeavouring to win football matches . You pick a team for any given game. Leaving out players is something that comes with the territory."