We would expect that both Matty and Sean Longstaff will keep their place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Matty provided Newcastle with an energetic spark in the rebound win against Manchester United.
Sean also rebounded to have his best game of the young season. He showed glimpses of the form displayed last season when he propelled himself into the national spotlight.
With Isaac Hayden being suspended, Bruce really doesn’t have a tricky decision to make at Chelsea. Newcastle will play the same counter-attacking game they played against Manchester United and that doesn’t suit either Jonjo Shelvey or Ki Sung-yueng. Both Shelvey and Ki have been big disappointments this season.
The Northern Echo have a report stating that Steve Bruce was very disappointed with Ki’s lack of an impact when coming on against Leicester City. He was also underwhelming in his lone start of the season against Norwich City.
While he hasn’t had too much time on the pitch this season playing only 136 minutes, when he has come on he has been just a passenger.
The Northern Echo report also states that Bruce will in fact keep Matty Longstaff in the team for Chelsea. Keeping the brothers together in the midfield just seems like a no-brainer to us.