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Bruce Names Two Players Knocking At His Door

Both Fabian Schar and Sean Longstaff came on as substitutes after not featuring since October.

Fabian Schar suffered a knee injury that kept him out of the Wolves draw along with the West Ham and Bournemouth wins. Federico Fernandez came into the team and has kept his place despite Schar being available since Aston Villa.

Sean Longstaff received a straight red against Wolves opening the door for both Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden. Both have thrived as Newcastle’s midfield pairing since the West Ham win.

After yesterday’s win, Steve Bruce spoke about both Fabian and Sean and how they’re continuing to push for their places back in the team.

The Chronicle have published some of the head coach’s comment on the duo:

“I’m delighted to see Longy again. Look, the way to create the spirit when somebody comes into the team and does well is to reward them, and that’s the way I’ve always tried to manage.

“I’ve had Fab Schar knocking on the door for weeks now he’s back fit, but Dummett and Clark and Fede have been excellent.

“We’ve got Florian Lejeune as well, so we’ll need them now.

“All of a sudden, we’ve got six or seven [injuries], so we need that big squad and that’s when I’ll use them all.”

While it is a good problem to have considering the alternative, it’s got to be hard to keep players like Schar and Longstaff on the bench. However, Bruce has been justified with his team selections though it may have caught up with him a bit yesterday.

We now have two players that could be added to the injury list in Allan Saint-Maximin and Ciaran Clark. Both players were suffering from recent knocks. Ciaran Clark returned from the Republic of Ireland squad with a hamstring problem while Allan Saint-Maximin has been nursing a sore ankle.

Both Clark and Saint-Maximin have featured heavily since the Manchester United win and may have been due for a rest. However, hindsight is always 20/20 and both players have been instrumental in our form since early October.

If Clark is a no go for Saturday’s trip to Burnley, then Fabian Schar is an easy selection to come back into the team. We’d also expect Christian Atsu to come in for Saint-Maximin if the Frenchman’s hamstring keeps him out of action.

The Ghanaian has been a tremendous asset this season. He was excellent when he came on early for Allan at Tottenham and also over then next four matches, all of which he started. Despite playing just a total of 60 minutes since then in 8 substitute appearances, he leads Newcastle with 3 assists.

As for Sean Longstaff, his path back into the squad is a little bit more muddled with the performances of Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden. However, if either of them slip up or get a knock, Sean will be chomping at the bit to get back into this team.

Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match Against Southampton?

  • Martin Dubravka (37%, 1,091 )
  • Andy Carroll (25%, 731 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (16%, 470 )
  • Fede Fernandez (8%, 228 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (6%, 173 )
  • Miguel Almiron (3%, 86 )
  • Javier Manquillo (2%, 60 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 36 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 22 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 20 )
  • Jetro Willems (0%, 11 )
  • Paul Dummett (0%, 8 )
  • Ciaran Clark (0%, 7 )
  • Fabian Schar (0%, 4 )

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80 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Dec 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #1

    who’s that knocking at the door …

    who’s that ringing the bell …

    do me a favour ( bruce ) open the door and let them in …

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #2

    According to Jamie Carragher Rafa and he will pretty much
    be talking tactics tonight on MNF

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Probably mainly about this weeks upcoming Euro fixtures

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Spurs away to Bayern on Wednesday is probably pick of the week

  • geordietom

    Dec 9, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #5

    jib …

    i wont be watching it mate cant stand Carragher’s whining scouse accent …

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Freddy Ljungburg’s first head scratcher tonight
    West Ham away at 8pm then Standard Liége
    away on Thursday

  • Just a fan

    Dec 9, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Any pics of the fairs cup team that were on the pitch Sunday.

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #8
  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #9
  • hibbit

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #10

    munster if your about. ankle/hamstring injuries the connection.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree geordietom having someone whining on about nowt hour after hour when everyone has been bored witless long ago is really annoying isn’t it?

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Well some of you may have picked up on the idea I’m not a top member of the Joelinton fan club so far 🙂 but it might be worth squeezing his pips a bit more as suggested sticking him right side see if he can do something there, playing miggy left side can only be good he seems to be more productive when he ventures there. Still think atsu will be bunged on though.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Hibbit you can connect back injuries to problems that start with dicky pins too. Anything that affects posture and makes the body favour a side to protect the ailing part has a long term knock on effect in anybody, let alone top athletes.

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Bleatin’ n Bruced
    Well some of you may have picked up on the idea I’m not a top member of the Joelinton fan club so far

    and some of you may even care

  • simon376

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Who is applying for their 2nd free half season ticket? As good as it sounds, shocking it’s come to this

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Mike Ashley@MoneyMikeAshley

    The best part is I actually haven’t lost any money because I put the season ticket prices up at the start of the season.


  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #17

    It sounds to me that either Charnley or Ashley have listened to Bruce’s post match remarks and acted quickly

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Mike Ashley@MoneyMikeAshley

    Need all these seats filled again.

    Also, thanks to all my true supporters for saying a ‘boycott wouldn’t work.

  • MagpieRanger

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib, it sounds like Ashley is scared of losing Sky money to me. It doesn’t look good on them if SJP is half empty. Do you think Ashley is doing this because he’s a nice bloke?

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #20

    He’s the Mother Teresa of Football.

  • jane

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #21

    “Do you think Ashley is doing this because he’s a nice bloke?”

    you can read that 2 ways.

  • MagpieRanger

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #22


  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Simon 376 https://www.nufc.co.uk/news/latest-news/get-a-free-half-season-ticket/

    Yep, surely this is to fill the stadium up – obviously the boycott is working, when it gets below 40,000 (official), then the clarts will hit the fan.

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #24

    The clarts won’t hit the fan you silly billy
    The protesters have effectively excluded themselves from
    their best platform – clearly some real bright sparks running the

  • MagpieRanger

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib you’re a prick

  • MagpieRanger

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Pardon the French

  • geordietom

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Tsunki …

    skip my posts as i’ll will with yours from now on …

    offer stands if you have the bottle …

  • Online Guy

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Has the brains trust at Newcastle United ( Ashley-Charnley ) missed a vital trick ?

    A good few of the top 5-6 clubs in the premier league, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal , are in transition because they have flooded their respective teams with young talent, as you see a few of them are struggling with in and out form .

    Long term it will be realised that the afore mentioned clubs and management have done the right thing in bringing in young talent particularly in the case of Chelsea in the past as regards recruitment (I know, Transfer ban) Chelsea had a lot of young talent farmed out and its now come to fruition , its now seen as the way forward among the top clubs as transfer fees have gone to ridiculous levels for average accomplished players.

    What have Newcastle done ? We have the Longstaff brothers.. Joelinton, lol, (22 y) ,anymore coming through?

    The so called bigger clubs are now running on a lot of young talent ..its the way ahead .
    Grow your own save billions in horrendous transfer fees .

    It’s in motion right now with the top clubs .

    Ashley …wake up !

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Well done to all those who signed up to #ifrafagoeswego and have kept up their pledge.

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Interesting that Rafa is in the Sky studio at West Ham’s stadium
    The last time he did that was in a Sky studio in a Madrid stadium
    owned by the Dalian Yifang owner

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Fat Mike NEVER gives ANYTHING away for free, his cage is well and truly rattled by The Magpie Group’s protests (at his and charnley’s houses), the fans are beginning to protest, more and more are leaving, hopefully this is the beginning of the end.

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Rafa the gaffer showing on sky sports what a genius he is?

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib you’re a prick

    Well you hammered me in that debate
    Well done

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Online Guy, evening fella

    Freddie Woodman is on his way, a few of the other lads currently on loan should be expected to make the grade also, Owen Bailey and Kell Watts being two – certainly to make their NUFC first team bows, hopefully to push on from there.

    After that, there are a number of exciting young players in our U23s, Tom Allan, Joe White, Luke Charman, Yannick Toure and Adam Wilson being the most advanced, perhaps, with Mo Sangarre, Kyle Scott, Lewis Cass and Victor Fernandez not far behind.

    The future is actually pretty bright with these kids. Many of them home grown too…

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Charnley states “We want to encourage fans to come back”, so an obvious admission that fans are staying away, he can polish it as much as he wants to but it’s still a turd – he knows the reason fans are staying away, so does ashLIE, hopefully more and more will and it’ll be like the miners drift back to work in reverse.

    Not even ashLIE wants his “Shop” (ie SJP) empty – cos empty shops don’t make money.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Managing director Lee Charnley says in a #nufc statement they still “want to encourage fans to come back & also attract new fans, but we want to reward them for their loyalty & support of Steve (Bruce) & the players… We want to move forward together.”

    “Move forward together” – where & how exactly?

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #37

    In Bruce we trust.

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Are you suggesting he’s after the West Ham managers job?
    He’s many things but not that desperate!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #39

    While the most vocal Ashley dissenters may have left, money remains Ashley’s god and there’s no way he’ll be happy about 10,000 empty seats.


    I don’t think you can pick and choose who it’s ok for to constantly put people down.

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #40

    He was probably invited last month when W Ham looked in dire straits
    However Pellegrini seems to have steadied the ship


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