Steve Bruce has reiterated the need for squad rotation over the next few months during his press conference this morning. This is what Bruce said about changes due to the heavy schedule:
“We are going to have to. When you look at the games, it is a ridiculous schedule. We will have to adapt and need a bit of freshness.”
Bruce has plenty of options in the midfield and with the back three. We could see some players like Sean and Matty Longstaff or Fabian Schar reintroduced into the team over the next couple of weeks.
However, he is quite limited at the moment with the forwards and at left wing-back. On the wings, he really only has Christian Atsu to bring in for Allan Saint-Maximin or Miguel Almiron. Unless if he wants to give Yoshinori Muto a run out on either flank.
With Matt Ritchie still sidelined with his ankle injury, there’s just Jetro Willems who can thrive on the left. It will be very interesting to see if the Dutchman can hold up over the next month.
We suppose Javier Manquillo or Paul Dummett can play in a pinch or even Christian Atsu but none of those options would be ideal.
We don’t expect to see Andy Carroll get a start anytime soon, but Dwight Gayle might be in contention for one. Though we expect Joelinton to still feature heavily as our lone striker.
Bruce has a load of options in certain positions while he’s constrained in others at the moment. This is something Newcastle should look to address in January.
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