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28-Year-Old To Make Return Tonight With Under-23s

Newcastle United have just announced that Florian Lejeune will get a run out for the Under-23s this evening against Middlesborough.

This will be Florian’s first competitive action since suffering his second knee injury against Crystal Palace in April. Lejeune recently returned to full training with his teammates and has been making excellent progress.

Steve Bruce hinted at the possibility of Florian getting some action before making his return to the Newcastle squad.

This is what the head coach said last week about Lejuene:

“I think Sunday will be too early.

“The big thing with Flo was it’s been a cruciate and I would like to see him get something behind closed doors – a game of some sort.

“I’ve set a target of maybe after the international break with Flo. He’s made great progress.”

We’ll have our fingers crossed that the Frenchman makes it through tonight’s match unscathed. This is definitely a positive sign that Lejeune is inching his way back to a return for Newcastle.

17 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Can he play up front? We certainly need his quality on the pitch.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #2

    The crowd around me were dead – singing corner tried to get things going but died a death.
    Noise crowd never been the same since about 6or 7 years ago when they shifted the singers in the Leazes end to the Gallowgate- use to bounce songs off each other/join in each other’s songs
    Which made for a great all-round atmosphere
    As for Bruce only real disgruntlements were aimed at his substitutions – lack of
    More were aimed at JoeLinton – but what the F**k was he suppose to do when no one was within 30 yards of him most of the game


  • Ron Knee

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Good news!

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Being hated by Morrissey is a compliment surely?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    We were poor to watch first half of last season. Rafa went to a war of words with the owner of his lack of transfers. Bruce said eeeh this is more money than I’ve spent in my whole career.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    The 3 at the back works well in terms of backs to the wall but we seen at the end of last season that we were finally making it count possession wise as well as we were starting to get 50% possession in most games but the most important stat was how many chances we were creating per game which was actually quite a lot!

    ASM and Almiron for me on the wing cutting in is just not the right blend neither of them sneaks in at the back post for goals which is what we need the wide players to do in this formation!

    Maybe a move to a 442 or 4231 where they both stay wide on their strong foot and pump crosses in for 2 strikers may actually work?

    I also would like to see us try Almiron as the no 10 with Gayle up front and Joelinton and ASM the wide forwards that may actually just be our best way to get more chances created although Gayle looked about 2 stone overweight…….

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    The problem we have right now is, in the current formation we’re pretty solid in defence, but don;t have enough bodies in advanced positions, particularly when Almiron or ASM make a break, they just leave everybody behind as Joleinton doesn’t have the energy to keep up and is often starting from deep.

    If we move to 4 at the back our defensive frailties may show up again, although I don;t think we’ve tried 4 at the back in optimal conditions and with the right personnel.

    It comes down to a question of whether the manager and his staff have the ability to change things up and get it working swiftly. Maybe at the next international break is the time to try drilling it.

    Think our best formation with a back 4 would be 4-2-3-1 and I’d like to see us try it with:

    ____________Hayden______S Longstaff

    Think that strikes the best balance between defence and attack.

    ASM has done his best work slaloming through the centre of the pitch and that breaks the structure of opposition teams, drawing players out of position. With players either side of him that will bear more fruit. Ritchie to help Willems – whose defensive ability has pleasantly surprised me. Having Almiron and Ritchie high up the pitch will help the press, Ritchie is vital to team morale and attitude.

    If Joelinton continues to have poor movement in the box and not attack space/gamble, then bring in Gayle.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Also Bruce had ample opportunity to demand that the club brought in an experienced striker instead of signing off on Andy Carroll. He hasn’t stopped whinging about his tough start, he’s an experienced manager so must have known goals were going to be hard to come by, instead of blaming the fixture list, the former managers style of play and the players why did he not put his foot down regarding incoming players. He must have talked to Steve McLaren about it, he knew tte pitfalls but was desperate to sign up to a PL club. Mark my words, if Villa, Sheff Utd or Norwich had of gazumped the deal at the last moment he wouldn’t have come anywhere near us.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #10

    You can talk all day about two up top or three at the back, Krafth for away games etc but the result is the same, we have not been set up to succeed. Listening to talksport on the drive home last night, if you deliberately keep stamping on the relegation trap door it eventually gives way.

  • Just a fan

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib .
    Never mind the guardian he looks like he needs a bra on.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Theres no defending a keeper who slaps the ball.

    A weak punch is bad enough when you could catch the ball but a slap is ridiculous.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13


    Bruce really needs to be getting 6 points out of our next 4 games I just don’t think he is up to it!

  • Just a fan

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    The difference with Rafa is he doesn’t care a bout players feelings.
    It doesn’t matter who you are or how upset/angry you get when he wants to change formation he does it.
    Its one of his strengths as a manager.

  • posada

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Bruce did nothing to help the team.
    Been mentioned by a few already. St Max was knackered by 55 minutes.
    He could just about manage a jog in making a covering run.

    They were getting joy down that side of the pitch. Atsu the obvious replacement.

    Did nothing.
    Two young lads in centre midfield started to struggle. Did nothing.

  • posada

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Number of times Bruce stood in his technical area with his assistant having very animated conversations. They don’t seem to have a clue between them.
    He knew he had to do something but did not which is even worse.

    Main point. The opposition should not be able to catch you out with anything new or rarely. It’s not like we only play them once every 5 years.
    Bruce should know all of their players. Has a week to prepare. With 10 outfield players there are only so many things they can try. None of them should be a surprise.

    Being able to counter it. Having the players to counter it is another thing.
    However, it should almost never be a total surprise.
    It should be something you factor in to the full week of preparations you do.

    If you are not good at tactics your no 2 should be a wiz at tactics and you should listen.
    There are some out there who are great tacticians but not good managers or coaches.

    Bruce and his assistant. Several times second half it was.
    As I say seem clueless.

  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #17

    posada @15 – You’re right, as I said earlier Bruce just stood with his hands on his hips and did nothing. He could have used his subs like you’ve said or at the very least changed our shape to counteract their change but did nothing. Only used a sub after the red card and then 89th minute – was was the point?


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