As Steve Bruce so often says – Newcastle are blessed with six good central defenders if we include Paul Dummett in that number.
We have captain Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Florian Lejeune, Federico Fernandez, and Ciaran Clark.
We had thought at the beginning of the season that once Florian Lejeune was fit again, after a second serious ACL injury in a year, our best three center-backs would be Fabian Scar, Jamaal Lascelles, and Florian Lejeune.
But at the moment, with Jamaal out injured – Fede Fernandez, Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett are the three performing very well at the back for the Magpies.
On Saturday, the whole team played magnificently in the 2-2 draw against Premier League Champions Manchester City and the side seems to have lost none of the guts, fight, and passion since Rafa left in the summer.
Steve Bruce has decided to play three center-backs at the back since they seem to be used to playing that way, and that has helped settle the defense and the side in general.
Florian Lejeune – chomping at the bit to play
With Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune chomping at the bit to get a first-team start, the competition will be intense for those three back positions.
That’s all good news for Newcastle.
Maybe in January, all we really need is an upfront striker or two who can put the ball in the back of the net.
We’re not too sure why we need another central midfield player since we have the Longstaff brothers, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, and Ki Sung-yueng, who has faded from the scene this season under Steve Bruce.
It was a magnificent performance from Newcastle on Saturday against Man City, and we now need to see the same effort, determination, and skill at Sheffield United on Thursday (7:30pm KO) and at home to Southampton (2:00pm KO) on Sunday.
Steve Bruce has said he will start rotating his team for the seven fixtures we have through January 1st in the league, so maybe we’ll see players like Florian Lejeune and Fabian Schar get a game this month?
You have three votes (per reader).
Who Are Newcastle's Best Three Center-Backs
- Schar (32%, 927 )
- Lejeune (28%, 800 )
- Fernandez (21%, 611 )
- Lascelles (14%, 391 )
- Clark (4%, 117 )
- Dummett (2%, 48 )
Total Voters: 984
What do you think?