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Bruce Announces Rotation Policy For Coming Months


Newcastle have six fixtures coming in December and another five in January including the FA Cup third round which is scheduled for the weekend of January 5th. The draw for the FA Cup will take place this evening.

With this heavy run of fixtures, we could see some changes in team selection over the next few months. In the Northern Echo, Steve Bruce has spoken about making changes in his team this month and also in January. This is what Bruce had to say on the subject:

“I’m already thinking of changes. That’s something I also believe we will have to do in January because of the amount of games we have to play.”

An area that is likely to see some changes is at center-back where we have still yet to see Florian Lejeune since he returned to full time training from his knee injury. There’s also Fabian Schar who has not played in the last five matches but has made the bench in the last two.


We would expect to see both of them back in the team in the coming weeks. Likely to make way for the two would be Ciaran Clark and, possibly, Paul Dummett. Clark is an easy choice due to his own heavy schedule since he made his first start in early October.

He’s played every minute of each of his seven Premier League starts as well as getting in both Republic of Ireland games in the November international break. We could see the 30-year-old making way to get a well-deserved rest.

Another player who has featured heavily for Newcastle and his country is Miguel Almiron. Miguel has started all 14 games for Newcastle this season with a further five starts for Paraguay since September.

While his workload has also been heavy, it’s going to be somewhat complicated for Bruce to drop Almiron even if it’s just for a rest. It could cause a stir on Tyneside that he’s lost his place despite that not necessarily being the case.

We’d also expect to see some rotation in the midfield with the Longstaff brothers coming back into the team at various stages over the next few months.

These are crucial months coming up and Bruce needs to be careful to get his team selection right. These next ten league games will play a big role in how well this season goes.

Who Was The Player Of The Month For November?

  • A. Saint-Maximin (33%, 328 )
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  • Martin Dubravka (12%, 117 )
  • Ciaran Clark (10%, 103 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (9%, 85 )

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17 comments so far

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 2, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Dubs is going up front and Joelinton’s in goal as they paid so much money they can’t drop him!

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  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Moonraker15
    You wouldn’t recognise a decent player with potential
    if he trod on your toe

    1
  • IrishRob

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    ^^^Round one, FIGHT!

    2
  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib moves his small artillery to the forward positions…..

    4
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    i wonder if any of the bigger teams will poach wilder potter or farke. id never heard of any of them so credit to their chairmen for actually knowing something about football. ashley and charnley seem to have a basic knowledge of the premier league. i couldnt imagine charnley heard of these 3 either despite it being his job. maybe we will end up with one of them in fifteen years time.

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Rotonda Heights “it is pointless comparing him to Rafa as over a 20 years coaching career there simply is no comparison to be made”

    Absolutely right – but there is also no comparison to be made in the potential, history and standing of the teams they have each had an opportunity to manage. It’s rather unfair to compare Rafa’s Premier League record at Liverpool and Chelsea with Bruce’s record with Hull and Birmingham City.

    What we should do with Bruce is recognise that under his direction, Hull and Birmingham City enjoyed something of a Golden Age (for them).

    We should also judge his time at NUFC on its merits – so far he’s done well, notwithstanding the odd blip here and there.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes Sheffield are a good watch. I had no idea Wilder was so good.

    Plenty of pass and move, 1-2’s, overlapping, triangles, 3rd man running, supporting and giving the man with the ball options in front, sideways and behind, people in right positions, can pass the ball under pressure. They have an identity and a plan B if needed. Thursday is going to be very tough.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    The question should be “is doing well good enough?”

    If “doing well” equates to finishing mid to lower table with nothing to show then you better get used to that and be happy because that will be the standard indefinitely.

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  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Wilder was born in Sheffield and joined the Blades
    as a yoof
    He managed for 6 years in football leagues 1 and 2
    returned to his boyhood club and gradually improved
    them over 3 years
    Hopefully NUFC will follow that example

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Robleenio

    You have to wonder why Bruce has only ever been at low end clubs though. He was SAF’s captain but was never even offered a reserve or youth role there starting out in his fledgling coaching career. Bruce is very personable and engaging but from what I remember in his post match interviews he always used to say ” I don’t want to make excuses” but then promptly launched into a load! For every Hull or Brum there has been a Sunderland or Villa. I forget how many clubs he’s had now.

    Everyone saying how well he is doing. We are 14th /15th !!! We’ve had some good games absolutely, but equally we’ve had some stinkers. Bit too early to say ”oh look Bruce is better than Rafa” don’t you think, especially when you see how invaluable someone like 5M Fernandez has been compared to 40M Joelinton.

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m looking forward to seeing the squad rotated somewhat. We have a very experienced bunch of players, with the front three being the less experienced but fast improving area of the team.

    I was impressed with Joelinton on Saturday. Coming up against one of the most expensively assembled defensive units in the World, he held the ball up well and won some imortant free kicks in good areas.

    He didn’t have it all his own way, but I’d like to know how he was supposed to.

    4
  • RobLeenio

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki “mid to lower table…. will be the standard indefinitely”

    And you know that how? I think it’s way too early to judge. We need to see how he manages to keep this squad together and replace those that leave.

    Granted, we need to see how much authority he has in player selection first.

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  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Even more, it’s too early to say ”oh look Bruce is crap”

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 2, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda “Bit too early to say ”oh look Bruce is better than Rafa” don’t you think”

    Yes, I do – and haven’t done so. Nor would I, as I think Rafa is a better coach. I just think it’s harsh to judge Bruce’s Premier League record against that of Rafa when they have managed clubs at different ends of the table.

    What I do know is that, given similar circumstances at NUFC, their records are comparable so far. We gave Rafa credit when he deserved it, I think we should do the same for Bruce also.

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 2, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Jib
    So we’re now paying £40 million for “potential” are we?
    Tell your owner he’s a laughing stock.
    Time will tell whether Joelinton makes it but I wouldn’t back him to heavily if I were you.
    Haha you’re such a dick!

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  • Bladey

    Dec 2, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Robleenio
    So your looking forward to squad rotation
    IN my eyes that means a depleted team for the f a cup you moron
    Yes man Bruce following the fat man’s brief of not giving a toss about the cup
    ASH IN CARVER AND WISE IN

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 2, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m quite enjoying the blog noisy miserables having to adopt a more realistic tone and assessment of Bruce, having expected him to play 442 hoofball, injure all his players with his outdated methods and have us rooted at the bottom. Keep giving the man a chance I say.

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