Craig Hope of the Daily Mail says that Matty Longstaff and Ciaran Clark are in line for starts against Manchester United. While we thought that young Matty stood a good chance to get into the team, the news of Ciaran Clark replacing Paul Dummett is quite the surprise.
I’m hearing Matty Longstaff in line to start versus Man Utd tomorrow & Ciaran Clark set to replace Paul Dummett.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) October 5, 2019
Ciaran Clark has only one appearance this season, and that was in the Carabao Cup loss against Leicester City. The 29-year-old played the entire match and played well.
Clark has yet to feature in the Premier League this season and has only been on the bench for four games. He has not been part of the match-day squad in either of our last two matches.
His last start in the league was actually also his last appearance as well. That was all the way back to the 2-1 January defeat at Chelsea in which Clark scored one of his three goals. He did, however, start in the FA Cup against Watford a few weeks later.
This could turn out to be a good move by Bruce. Clark has always played well for Newcastle and would certainly suit playing on the left side of a back three. He also can chip in with the odd goal every now and then.
It may be harsh on Paul Dummett, who recently gave up playing for Wales to stay fit for Newcastle. However, Bruce has a full squad at his disposal. After the Leicester City match, no player should feel that their place is safe.
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