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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

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #41

    Well, close enough – the question was around young players who were signed for their potential and made it to the first team. Granted these two don’t quite fit the criteria, but still.

    Just a point of interest.

  • Asi Fish

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #42

    Only saw the first half as I went to light the BBQ at half time and then stayed outside with tins & tunes (to save my own sanity).

    I thought Hayden did really well from what i saw – fair play to him.

    We were bossing the game but the defence went to pieces after the Dummet sub hence why they scored.
    We were getting back into the game and looking dangerous but then Gayle goes down – I was gutted as I thought he looked really bright and was bringing players into the game.

    Bad luck but a point away is not to be sneered at.

  • Asi Fish

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #43

    Gotta play the kids tomorrow.

    Hats off for making a statement about taking the cup seriously but with all the injuries sustained it’s time to swallow the pride and just let the youth have a go.

    If first teamers are played it is such a risk.

    SB will be slaughtered if we field a weak side and go out but will also be equally slaughtered if he fields a strong side but more injuries occur or players aren’t right for the next Prem match.

    I suppose that is what he gets paid for but it seems a little damned if you do, damned if you don’t…………..

  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #44

    Play the youngsters

    We are young
    We were free
    No big transfer fee
    See our friends, see the sights
    Feel areet


  • Bladey

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #45

    Why don’t we ‘re name this JIBS blog as you have c dog and big Mike Williamson who cannot post unless they have JIBS pemmision
    Or they have to run there post by him
    Why don’t you just knock on his door he’s only up the corridor from you or do you need permission from your carers first
    Pensioners corner could be another name if you don’t like JIBS blog
    Maybe we can take a vote you like going that on here

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #46

    Bladey it’s called discussion
    You should try it
    You may enjoy it

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #47

    “” Nuno made clear to the media he wants new forwards in this window, as he has been doing for some time, but on this occasion he may have chosen other means to get his point across. “”

    A few PL teams looking for goal scorers.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #48

    Asi Fish, I reckon we’ll see an experienced side with some kids in there to give them experience and save some legs.

    It’ll be interesting to see where Kell Watts plays, if he plays. He’s a versatile young lad and could play anywhere across the back line or in Centre Mid.

    Tom Allan is an exciting young winger, I think he’ll maybe start on the left with Miggy on the right. Striker is a bit of a problem, though – could we see Sorensen make his first team bow? He’s scored for fun against League 2 opposition in the EFL Trophy last season.

  • martoon

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #49

    The team on Tuesday is going to be a real test of SB’s management skills (stop sniggering!). He needs to find a balance between resting key players such as Miggy, fielding a few youngsters but adding some experience such as Richie to give him a run-out. Not easy however we still need to win otherwise he will be crucified but as they say ‘that’s why he’s paid the big bucks’.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #50

    Or is Kell cup-tied?


  • BenbulbenMag

    Jan 13, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #51

    The appointment of Bruce is really starting to bite us badly.

    I just thought he was a poor journeyman manager and we’d drift along just safe from relegation, showing no ambition (basically exactly what Mike Ashley wants) but Bruces management of players fitness is and has been shocking at every club he’s managed.

    Trent posted some good links in an earlier article to his injury nightmares at Sunderland and Sheffield and this one outlines the madness we saw the other week is nothing new to him and he’s learned nothing :https://www.theguardian.com/football/2009/feb/09/wigan-athletic-steve-bruce-fulham-antonio-valencia

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #52

    Anyone on here likes blues guitar , go and see Popa Chubby
    at the Cluny on Saturday.

  • martoon

    Jan 13, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #53

    Bladey @45 – Pretty ironic as this Blog is run by a pensioner but if you’re not happy go off and start your own Blog for young people only and see how many hits you get – oh and don’t let the door hit you on your way out 🙂

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 13, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #54

    Is the lack of anything much in the press about NUFC, Steve Bruce or Almirons third goal in three anything to be conermed about, or just an indication of the apathy towards Mike Ashley?

  • geordietom

    Jan 13, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #55

    According to the Shields Gazzette Jamaal Lascelles is penciled in to play tommorow night …

  • posada

    Jan 13, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #56

    Good article that in The Mag about Joelinton.
    2000 words it is.

    I’ll sum it up in four.
    Square peg, round hole.

  • geordietom

    Jan 13, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #57

    Tomorrow *

  • posada

    Jan 13, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #58

    Same problem we had with Cabella and Thauvin.

    How should you do it ? Pick how you want to play and recruit for that style ?

  • martoon

    Jan 13, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #59

    geordietom@55 – That fits with what I said earlier – play youngsters but add some experience to give players a run-out who are returning from injury. Matty and Sean are young lads so could probably play again without much risk and probably count as experienced however striker options are severely limited!


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