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All Signs Point To A Youthful Team Against Rochdale On Tuesday

Steve Bruce has been speaking about the injury crisis again at Newcastle. After a week in which we saw several players return to training, the match at Wolves was another regression with three more players ruled out for Tuesday’s FA Cup replay.

Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle, who had just returned from injuries, went down on Saturday and had to be substituted early. They both will miss the replay against Rochdale.

Emil Krafth was a surprise omission from Saturday’s squad, and it looks like he is out with an undisclosed injury.

Joelinton has been struggling with a groin injury over the past few weeks and also will not be risked in the replay. However, it’s not just the players with injuries that are suffering.

The Telegraph have published the following comments from Steve Bruce on the state of his squad:

“Listen, they’re all in the red zone now. If I measured the two Longstaffs today and Almiron, they’ve run a million miles.

“To ask them to go again on Tuesday is the same thing, you run the risk. That’s why we do a rotation, but I’ve got no choice. I can’t rotate.”

It looks like Newcastle are suffering a massive fitness crisis that has now worsened after the draw at Molineux. Last week the signs emanating from the club were all positive. Many players had returned to training while the others were due to return in a week or two.

The good news is that most players are still only a few weeks away. However, there’s the issue of the FA Cup on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it’s also a self-inflicted problem as Rochdale should have already been taken care of at Spotland.

Tom Allan– will he make his debut on Tuesday?

However, Bruce will now have to field a team comprised of some youngsters to advance to face Oxford United in the fourth round in a few weeks.

The Chronicle have published the following comments from Bruce on the whether he’ll look to the Academy to fill the void left by the current injury crisis:

“We have two young kids in the Longstaffs in the middle of the park as far as I’m concerned.

“They were excellent, the two of them. They ran a million miles. So yeah, somebody else will get a chance.

“A bit like Sean, who was forced into the team last year and he took off.

“It might be for somebody else. We had two young ones on the bench today, so we will see what we have for Tuesday.”

Defender Kelland Watts and forward Tom Allan both made the bench against Wolves so they are ones likely to be involved against Rochdale.

There’s also striker Elias Sorensen and defender Ludwig Francillette who both traveled to Rochdale a week ago.

We could see several debuts at St James Park on Tuesday evening. Let’s hope these young guns are up to the task.

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59 comments so far

  • dougie

    Jan 13, 2020 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s a horror show from top to bottom.Sports Direct FC is a disgusting pathetic shadow of what used to be called NUFC.No club in world football has ever given away 10000 free tickets.Its so bizarre you may as well call it Royston Vasey FC.Its beyond comprehension how the so called fans keep feeding the tapeworms pockets by attending.


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #2

    The 12th plate crashes to the ground!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #3

    So J has been struggling with a groin injury for the past few weeks, that might explain his poor form, why has Brucie not mentioned this earlier it might have got us off his back.

    And again why is he even playing if he’s injured.

    That is what PR is about not the stuff that some one is constantly alleging!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #4

    If the injured 1st teamers are taken out of the equation then there is going to have to be anything up to half a dozen yunguns in the team especially if the likes of Miggy are saved for the Chelsea game.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 13, 2020 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #5

    And on that note, G’dNight to anyone around!!

  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 13, 2020 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah Munster from previous, he isn’t to mobile but at 40 Million I’m willing or should I say hoping that we can find him some position that he’s better at.

    Or maybe when Ritchie and Max are back we will actually start putting the ball into the box and he will shrive. I know, it’s like trying to win the lottery.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 13, 2020 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #7

    People say Bruce hasnt got good players, but some said that about McLaren and he had fantastic players. He just made them look rubbish by playing them in the wrong place and through poor tactics.

    McLaren could have played
    Krul, Janmaat, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummet/ Wini, Sissoko, Shelvey/ Thauvin, Mitrovic, Townsend
    Instead he had Sissoko as a winger, Wini as number ten, maybe Anita Colback Shelvey as midfield and maybe Goufran or some cack ahead of Thauvin.
    Our current team is a lot better than some of our competition. SheffU, Villa, Norwich, Burnley, Southampton, Brighton, all have inferior players. Id say Bournemouth and Watford too. If we had a premier league quality manager like everybody else wed be top half maybe top 6 and not through being lucky.

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Not just Bruce
    “The second half of last season saw the Jamaal Lascelles’s form tail off badly but after promotion Benitez revealed he’d been playing for weeks with a groin problem and an operation followed.
    The match at Wolfsburg is only three days away now and Rafa can’t see Lascelles being considered for that, so Verona in seven days time looks to be the only potential chance for him to get some more game time”

  • nufcursed

    Jan 13, 2020 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #9

    all this transfer talk is getting ridiculous again! why would we sign an unknown French second tier striker for 15m if we could sign Lookman/bowen for only 5m more??
    we definitely should try to sign one of these players: young, English and will improve our attacking threat

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #10

    The Toon have beaten off Rangers and a late bid from Celtic to land Scottish Under-17 international Reagan Thomson.
    The 16-year-old midfielder who has played 9 times for Queens Park first team will join up with the St James’ Park Under-23 squad.

  • stan anderson

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Play our strongest possible team against Rochdale if you want to compete to win a trophy.
    We couldn’t beat them at their place so why put out a weaker team at home?
    Unless we don’t want to progress in the cup again.Oh that might be the answer..

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Not sure why fatty / charnley can’t just go out and buy water facilities – it’s pathetic an epl club use wheelie bins or hire a local facility by the hour – they cost pretty much nothing for a basic one and for a top of the range less than 300k (built to your spec)


    We may as get players membership at PureGym and make them train on local council pitches – we could then sell the lease on the training ground … Save a fortune

  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Morning Jib, quick one for you my friend.

    Of all the 16 or 17 Or 18 year old prospects we’ve signed over the last decade from domestic pro league clubs or abroad, how many have got a good run and made an impact in the first team?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Thats good to see Jib. We should be making Scotland our backyard or at least competing with Celtic and Rangers to get all the best Scottish talent down here where its not too far from their families. Id really like to see that Rochdale lad join too as hes doing really well for his age and he looks like hes still got some growing to do. Branthwaite should be signed too. Id rather spend the money bringing in top talent and coaches than facilities, although ideally all three would be best.

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m one of those people who thought the imminent SB appointment was just a rumour to upset the NUFC fans after Rafa left.

    But, kudos to the guy. He had absolutely zero honeymoon, handled himself well. He buys up his players. He’s been remarkably calm. He doesn’t use injuries as an excuse, gets on with it. He has 8 more points than last season.

    This is Newcastle and we never make it easy on ourselves, so it could still go belly up.

    But, for now, congratulations SB.

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Buys up- bigs up

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Not many , I can only think of the Longstaffs Dummett Forster and Krul
    Sterry Mbabu and Armstrong got the odd 1st team game
    There only seems to be LPool and Man U bring young’uns on
    Man City Chelsea and Arsenal all have big academies but rarely
    bring the players through , preferring to buy established players.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #18

    we havent signed many prospects over the last decade as weve been focusing on.searching for the next dummet.
    realistically you need to bring in a lot over a decade to get a few come throughand we arent doing that. half our signings have been released from celtic, everton, west ham, man city, chelsea, arsenal so they were mostly brought in to secure our academy league status id say.
    mbabu, abeid, vuckic were all moderate successes given what we paid for them. Lascelles and darlow were actual coveted talent and they did well. these are the types we should go for. young players already getting games in lower leagues.

  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #19


    Correct me if I’m wrong. Everton would be a decent club for bringing on younguns?

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #20

    SerieA in Italy seems to be League that does the best for kids
    Most top Italian clubs have academies in Africa and S America where
    they ensure the kids have a proper diet as well as footy training.

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #21

    c-dog not really
    They nicked young Lewis Gibson for £6M he’s yet to play for the 1st team

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Of Everton’s current squad Mason Holgate and Tom Davies are academy products

  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #23

    DCL? He not of their academy.
    Liverpool seem to Be able to develop players and sell them at a very good price

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Its a very common insult to call someone SB in China. Its an abbreviation of ShaBi which means stupid c***. They use the C word (or B word as it is here) even more than us and the Aussies.

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Sorry , Anthony Gordon is an academy product
    but he’s yet to play for the 1st team

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 13, 2020 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #26

    we should set up acadamies in Glasgow and make sure they get fed properly. no more battered mars bars for dinner. no more buckfast for breakfast.

  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #27


    Two regular starters would qualify as a successful academy, no?

  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Right now we have three academy graduates who have proven capable of holding their own in the PL.

    Plus Woodman who we’re all sure will be able to

    I’d call that a successful academy

  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2020 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Leeds have just opened a satellite academia in middlesbrough and are looking for a suitable location north of the tyne. and we continue to let kids slip though our net

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #30

    Long before Ashley rocked up folk were saying that NUFC should
    get their arses down to Rheydt Avenue and get involved in
    Wallsend boys club

  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 13, 2020 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #31

    It was obvious to anyone watching us against Everton that Joelinton was running “at half pace” even at that point. Laschelles was allowed to continue until he literally stopped moving and allowed Bournemouth to score. The half-pace Joelinton had to continue in a similar way until being booed by fans. Lejeune’s predicament wasn’t too different either. Such incidents affect everyone’s morale, IMO.

    I’ve even started to believe that the injury picture is being deliberately censored fearing fan backlash. The whole issue is turning out to be a mess.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2020 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #32

    Dubs makes Garth Crooks Team of the week pick, as goalkeeper which seems appropriate


  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #33

    Archaic training methods causing the injury crisis?

  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2020 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #34

    The NextMIke@26

    we should set up acadamies in Glasgow and make sure they get fed properly. no more battered mars bars for dinner. no more buckfast for breakfast.

    Certainly and no more Buckie in the bairns feeding bottles as it’s not good for their teeth

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Both Lascelles and Darlow were bought for the Academy from Notts Forest and came through to play regularly in our first 11.

    I think we got them both for a combined £3M off the top of my head. Neither are yet to be sold for the big profits we could make on them.

    Obviously Darlow’s time may well be coming to an end.

  • cyprus

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #36

    For those who watched the game, what did you think of Hayden at RB? Seamless transition, I thought.

    And the two longstaffs did okay in MF.

    Andy can hold the ball really well, protects it without losing it, waits for someone to become available. For me, if fit, starts every game.

    Why don’t our CFS get more chances? These big lads need an Almiron type buzzing around them… Almiron is busy all over the place which makes that hard.

    Solution: find another Almiron. Like I’ve said before, a Bellamy. We don’t need another big CF, Andy is tops in that position. He can score and be an assist king.

  • c-dog

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #37


    Both Darlow and Lascelles were in their 20s when we signed them. They were not signed for the academy. They were signed with potential and after loan spells came to an end they were in the senior squad. Both making many appearances with the first team. Come on. Keep up fella.

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #38

    not Factually correct
    Both were first team players and were loaned back to Forest for a season

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #39

    Another Perez – he was the buzzer link up man for and around Rondon!!!


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