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‘It’s The Obvious One’ – Bruce Confirms Return Of Midfielder For West Ham


Steve Bruce has confirmed that Isaac Hayden will retain his place tomorrow at West Ham in an interview with BBC Newcastle.

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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75 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 1, 2019 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #1

    I think he will just slot Hayden in with no other changes myself.

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  • stan anderson

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Someone said it cost £65 pound to watch the Wolves match. O.M.God now i know some folk have more money than sense.
    £65 to watch that pile of dog pooh.
    You get what you deserve,no wonder AshLie wont sell the club.
    I have refused free tickets to watch this rabble.

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  • toon22

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Would you still go if you had to hand your cash to Jabba in person ?

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #4

    toon22,

    I suppose there would be some irony if Ashley had to man the turnstile on minimum wage and a zero hours contract 🙂

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  • toon22

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #5

    He has taken everything from our club

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Would he fit in behind the turnstiles?

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Bill,

    He might have to workout for a few months before he took up his new role 🙂

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #8

    NY Mag

    I reckon any new roll he took up would be from Greggs! 🙂

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Bill,

    That really did make me laugh out loud……..it’s the way you tell ‘em

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Just imagine, we could have 25 TSGs come the end of the season if every squad player, including GKs, got one.

    Martoon might have to have a vote for the best one as a decider!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #11

    NY Mag
    Aah but it needs a good feed to line up the gag, you’re the real star! 😉

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Not sure about that mate…..let’s call it a score draw 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #13

    And if every goal was the winning one we’d have well over 55 points and a decent GD.

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  • Bigjim67

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #14

    I reckon Joelinton will start tomorrow but would like to see big Andy given a start, possibly Dwight to replace miggy. I’ve went for the draw anyway.
    I was on my way to work yesterday going passed byron burger on grey street, saw Hayden coming towards me on his mobile. I winked but he blanked me, what a tw#t!!
    Have went for the draw. Hwtl.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #15

    BigJim

    Hayden was on a mobile, bloody ell is he injured?

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Bigjim,

    You would imagine that Carroll has a huge point to prove against west ham….I hope he plays a part (either starts or from the bench) and sticks it ‘up em’

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  • carltoon

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #17

    I think Andy will be on the bench. Hope he can impress with a much needed goal. Hayden in, would have preferred Jonjo, but he’s not as defensive as Hayden away from home. Hoping for a least a draw. HWTL

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 2, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Carltoon,

    I think JonJo will be in also…..matty on the bench

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  • carltoon

    Nov 2, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #19

    NYmag that’s the way I would go. Give Matty a rest. Why can’t we have a team and Manger where we could be confident Of at least a draw. It’s game after game where your dreading going behind and knowing we can’t score more than one goal.

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 2, 2019 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #20

    Carltoon,

    It’s all about confidence….you cant underestimate how much that plays a part.
    I think at this point in time, Hayden and Shelvey is the right choice (based on experience and playing together).
    Upfront…..I’m lost – I have no idea what Bruce can do……I think he’ll probably go with the same as always.

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  • carltoon

    Nov 2, 2019 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #21

    You know on paper our team looks quite good, then when you see them play it’s as though they’ve never played together. Every team we play seem to pass and retain the ball. Our passing is atrocious, we can play ok in spells during the match, then revert to type and give the ball away. It’s getting really hard to support this team, and I think it can only get worse. Then a win today I’ll be back to being positive. Oh the trials of being a toon fan

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  • carltoon

    Nov 2, 2019 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Goodnight NYmag hoping for a win tomorrow and everyone in a better mood.

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  • Bigjim67

    Nov 2, 2019 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #23

    Bill
    Mobility scooter hahahaha. Love it.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 2, 2019 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Sorry got involved in something else, If Shelvey and Hayden can’t play together then I’ll be very disappointed no reason why they shouldn’t but as Carltoon says we look good on paper but the on pitch action always seems to be lacking somehow.

    Perhaps tomorrow will be better, let’s hope so!

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  • Bigjim67

    Nov 2, 2019 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Have just reread my first post, did i tell you I’ve went for the draw?

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  • Bigjim67

    Nov 2, 2019 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Goodnight all.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 2, 2019 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Anyway time for bed. G’dNight all.

    Just before I go though one for Bladey.

    12 hours 53 minutes to KO

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  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 2, 2019 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #28

    5311 for me with Muto upfront and Gayle on the bench. Need a strong right side. I’ll stick with Almiron (he can’t be brought to his more natural position on the left until Ritchie returns) and Yedlin.

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  • Jib

    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Wow quiet night !
    Pre-match nerves ?

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  • Trent1211

    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #30

    In relation to the Halls/Shepherds extracting £7m a year I personally have zero problem with that. They built a successful club from nothing and earned it.

    Even if you’re one of those clutching their pearls over it comparing Ashley favourably to our previous ownership (excuse me while I just lean to one side and vomit violently at that) two wrongs do not make a right.

    Also ancient history. Utterly irrelevant to the issue at hand which is how we detach the leech from our club.

    Careful financial steward? Don’t make me laugh. You’d have to be an absolute moron to assert that.

    Relegated twice. Debt doubled. Commercial revenue stagnant while our peers soar. I wish I could swear on here because any idiot peddling the nonsense that it could be worse or was worse previously wants telling, loudly, to fcuk off. What’s worse than a club that exists solely to serve as an advertising hoarding and liquid cash stream for MASH holdings? Nothing.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #31

    Bringing in two solid one goal a season midfielders should help us start to score.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #32

    It seems Bruce has managed to silence everyone, Jib. Still, I think today we have the best chance of getting a result.

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  • one fine day

    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #33

    Give miggy the ten role sitting close to joelinton
    ASM Willems offer pace either side
    Hayden back with Jon joe pinging balls so no need for miggy picking the ball up in his own half .
    And if joelinton isn’t doing it this week hook him not miggy and give him an dandy a run together .
    Head saying 1.1
    Heart 1.2 with almeron getting clear n lifting one over the keeper 70 mins
    Did I dream that ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #34

    And people still pointing to Leeds, any number of possibilities might have happened had we done “Leeds” The Mansours were just round the corner before Ashley stepped in ffs.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #35

    Shepherd vs Ashley. It’s like a waiter presenting you with two sh*ts and asking you’d prefer for lunch?

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 2, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #36

    “Pep Guardiola credits scouting for ‘80%’ of Manchester City’s success”

    Well, they just go out and buy the best players, but it’s surely true that scouting is immensely significant in terms of onfield performance.

    Scouting and quality coaching, competitive wages and also giving the players good facilities and quality medical support.

    Running a football club isn’t brain science, and certainly not a club that naturally attracts over 50000 to home games.

    It’s heartening that Ashley is now being widely seen as the short blanket merchant he’s always been and I’d agree, his time is up.

    He’s finished at Newcastle.

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  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Nov 2, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #37

    but who scores for us? We need Lacells..Lejune…Schar…Clarke up front.

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  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Nov 2, 2019 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #38

    Toon 22 – 0 Hammers

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  • davo

    Nov 2, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #39

    Spot on Trent.
    During the Sheperd days watching the match was one of the highlights of my week.in contrast, the Ashley era has been a steady decline to the point now where watching the match is a depressing chore. I also caught myself muting the telly when Bruce was doing a interview the other day, absolutely terrible times.

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  • Jib

    Nov 2, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #40

    I guess all eyes will be on Yokohama for next couple of hours

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