We see Steve Bruce sending out an unchanged side for Norwich City on Saturday. We think that Sean Longstaff may play in a slightly more advanced role to help link the midfield with the two forwards, who were often left isolated against Arsenal. However, it will still be the same basic 3-5-2 formation that Steve Bruce has used since he joined the club.
Sean Longstaff seemed somewhat stymied against Arsenal. A more advanced role may suit him and the team against Norwich. Isaac Hayden was brought out in the second half last week and played behind Joelinton and Almiron, but that didn’t really work.
Longstaff played in a similar role when on loan at Blackpool. He can serve as a ball-carrier to link with the two forwards as another option to Jonjo Shelvey’s more direct passing.
We don’t think Steve Bruce will drop anyone and a change of formation this early could be seen as a panic signal. Newcastle just need to refine what they did against Arsenal and find ways to improve their play in the final third.
Other than the mistake for the Aubameyang’s goal, the defenders played very well. Therefore, we see all of them retaining their place. We just don’t see a sudden change of tactics at this stage and believe the same team will come out against Norwich.
We also believe that Steve Bruce will add Ki Sung-yueng as a substitute in the place of Ciaran Clark. So the bench will look like this:
Karl Darlow, Jetro Willems, Federico Fernandez, Ki Sung-yueng, Emil Krafth, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Yoshinori Muto.