Steve Bruce has confirmed that Isaac Hayden will retain his place tomorrow at West Ham in an interview with BBC Newcastle.
“He’ll come back into the team tomorrow – it's the obvious one, which is just at the right time.”
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) November 1, 2019
Isaac’s return to the midfield is sort of a no-brainer due to the suspension of Sean Longstaff. Isaac had made 28 consecutive starts in all competitions up to the Leicester City debacle, as Steve Bruce and many others have called it.
The question is going to be who will partner Isaac in the midfield. Will Matty Longstaff retain his place, or will Steve Bruce go with Jonjo Shelvey or Ki Sung-yueng for the West Ham match?
We think Bruce will bring in Jonjo Shelvey and give Matty a bit of a respite for the time being.
The 19-year-old hasn’t reached the heights of the Manchester United match in his last two appearances. We also think Bruce rates Shelvey and will want to keep the temperamental midfielder involved when the opportunity arises.
Bruce has had some fortune when bringing in players out of the cold. That has especially been the case with Ciaran Clark, who was a shock selection for the Manchester United match.
We’ll see if Bruce has any other surprises up his sleeve for Saturday, but the return of Isaac Hayden certainly won’t be one of them.
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