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Images From Newcastle Training Session Shows Bruce Has Plenty Of Options



Newcastle have released some images from today’s training session. It looks like Steve Bruce could have a selection dilemma with only Christian Atsu, Andy Carroll, and Ciaran Clark not involved.

Allan Saint-Maximin was spotted in a few of the images, so that is excellent news. During Steve Bruce’s press conference this morning, he mentioned that the winger was still hampered with a sore hamstring and back.

Another Magpie that was in several of the images is right back Emil Krafth. The Swede still has not returned since injuring in ankle ligaments against Everton in January.

Though, Emil has been training for a few weeks now so he could be involved tomorrow. If Bruce opts for a back four once again, Krafth could be a better option than DeAndre Yedlin on the right.

We didn’t see our superhero goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in any of the photographs, so Karl Darlow could very well get the call once again tomorrow.

Everyone else is accounted for though Fabian Schar is hard to spot but were pretty sure we see him in the fifth picture with an orange vest on.

So Bruce will have some decisions to make with his team selection tomorrow. He’ll have plenty of options all over the pitch except maybe at left back if he sticks with a back four.

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54 comments so far

  • G

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Krapped over Yedlin would be a massive mistake. Yedlins not great, bur Emil isn’t even mediocre.

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  • fairscup

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Wish we had 11 characters like Matt Ritchie.

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  • fairscup

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Same team that finished on Saturday (except Darlow and Lazaro for Manq.) providing Maxi is fit and we were being strung along about his hammy. If not then Joe on left wing again.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #4

    LOL#1

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  • fairscup

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Team and system needs to bed in, this is a good opportunity to get some game time. Should beat West Brom with this line up.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Fairscup
    Maybe even upping the tempo with quick passing movement on and off the ball
    And maybe one touch football
    Give it a go!!!!

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  • Genjikai

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #7

    I love Almiron.

    3
  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #8

    “It will be very interesting to see how big the gap is, if anything, in quality,” said Bilic.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51707656

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  • fairscup

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Charlie – I think that will come once they’ve played a few games with this system.

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  • fairscup

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Gayle needs to stay fit and once he scores I think the goals will come, he has a good understanding with Jonjo which I am sure will pay off.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Was it 442 or more a 4231 on Saturday at Burnley?

    Got to continue with the same formation even if players change. Lazaro on the right and Ritchie on the left for me, Hayden and Sean in the middle. Then it’s anyones guess but we must start a strong team and establish a quick lead.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #12

    #against

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  • G

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #13

    We know Gayle can score, albiet at an inconsistent rate, but playing Joelinton as a lone striker is never going to work. If we play Joelinton it has to be in a position he is comfortable in. I’m not writting off the player, but I’m seeing no sign of the number 9 in him.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #14

    As it’s the new system it would be best to keep team largely the same.

    Any doubt over ASM then why risk him at all?

    To be fair I just want to see Miggy play again. Ok so his final product could improve but the joy he plays the game with is brilliant.

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  • fairscup

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #15

    4411 I thought

    1
  • simon376

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Sorry non football, but just finished watching the Eric Burdon program. Just wish I could have been about back then, my Dad always talks about seeing The Animals, Hendrix and many more when he was young, knew some of the Price family back then. Saw War at the City Hall when I was a kid. While watching it, thinking of all the Jib stories and how lucky he’d been and also of course OLG, been comparing him to Eric. Great music that we will never get again

    On a football note, hope Matty does get his chance again tomorrow and he will get a decent offer and sign a contract

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  • fairscup

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #17

    I liken Miggy to a Springer Spanial – just never stops chasing.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Got to be goals in it for us tomorrow.
    Sweet dreams.

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  • fairscup

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Spaniel

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  • fairscup

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #20

    So lucky to be a teenager in the 60’s – didn’t realise it at the time though.

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  • simon376

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Wish I could have been about in the 60’s but not born till 75. Music wise got some good stuff in 90’s but that’s about it, at least the football was good in the 90’s with the Keegan days and of course Bobby from 99 onwards.

    Keegan was so good as a manager and people person, was going to say coach, but that was down to Faz. Never forget one of the training games I was in, probably about 92. I was on right wing and Keegan at right back, shouting give me the ball, can’t afford not to use me, ignored him, crossed in any Alan Thompson headed home past Pav. Think that was the only time I ever did anything decent when I used to get the chance to train, great great days

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  • G

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #22

    From nufc.com. I would usually dismiss anything sourced in the Fail, but Naill and Biffa usually know their onions:

    ASM claim emerges

    On the eve of Newcastle’s biggest domestic cup tie since Mike Ashley took control of the club, the Mail newspaper have tagged this as an exclusive:

    Allan Saint-Maximin’s future at Newcastle is in doubt after Steve Bruce dropped him for Saturday’s goalless draw with Burnley, then claimed the winger was struggling with a hamstring injury.

    Sources insist the 22-year-old is fully fit and available for selection, even though manager Bruce said yesterday he was a doubt for tonight’s FA Cup tie at West Bromwich because of back and hamstring issues.

    Wolves and Crystal Palace are monitoring developments after learning of the situation.

    The SJP crowd sang for the introduction of their favourite in the second half of the game against Burnley and he was finally brought on with 12 minutes remaining.

    It has been suggested that Bruce was trying to protect Saint-Maximin by saying he is carrying a slight injury, rather than revealing he had been dropped, although Newcastle maintain he was struggling with a hamstring problem on Thursday and the manager chose not to risk him.

    Sportsmail understands there have been concerns about the Frenchman’s recent performances in training and Bruce decided he wanted to field a team he could rely on against Burnley.

    However, it is claimed a number of players have been frustrated with the tactics employed, believe the team should be playing better football, and are more capable than Bruce is making out in public.

    After a run of one win in 10 league matches, Newcastle are five points off the bottom three and could do without a fallout between their head coach and arguably their best outfield player. Indeed, the Magpies have won only one game without him in the starting XI.

    Saint-Maximin signed a six-year contract in the summer after joining for £16million from Nice and looked set for a bright future on Tyneside following an excellent first half of the season.

    However, there is likely to be no shortage of interest in the former France Under 21 star should relations fail to improve in the coming months.

    Saint-Maximin has scored two goals in 19 appearances and has thrilled the Toon Army with his explosive pace and direct play.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Ideally I’d like to see Joelinton in the Left Out position.

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  • simon376

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #24

    G

    If true, that is such a major worry. No player or manager is bigger than the club, but if changing room and players are lost, something has to be done about it, never mind doing something about state of the football being played

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #25

    I like nufc.com but that story looks completely made up tripe designed to foment unrest among fans and it’s baffling they gave it credence by repeating it.

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  • simon376

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Just hope you are right BBS

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #27

    I think the changing room was “lost” to all intents after the last manager went and then Charnley texted the team to say “great news, Steve Bruce is your new gaffer”.

    The side have spent all year digging up their past drills to try and salvage something workable (along with their careers) out of the coach’s champo playbook

    The present disarray is the one we’ve had all season, nothing new. Despite the contractual obligation soundbites I reckon quite a few “injuries” and “lack of match fitness” and “feeling his hamstring a bit in training” etc are really ploys 1 to 17 out of the “How to down tools” pamphlet out now published by Colback Paperbacks.

    But

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Right about what? Joelinton or the mail story? Or both?

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  • simon376

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Both really and yeah think you could be right about when the changing room was lost

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t know why there was a random “But” at the end of that post. Unless I was saying Goal in French? No idea sorry.

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  • simon376

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #31

    I’ve stuck up for Joelinton for long enough, thinking he has something and maybe just played in wrong position, but it’s come to the point where I think give someone else a chance, couple of games for him in U23’s might make him think and give him a break.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #32

    I think the squad knew that we weren’t going to be offering medals or international call up opportunities but they could do their careers no harm if they put on a good show and maybe got a move elsewhere. I think now they see the finish line coming, no deals for any of them in January they are treading water and there’s going to be a few offskis in summer. That on top of ASM and Miggy who I think whatever happens wont put in another season under Bruce. I’d be surprised if Shelvey, Schar, Lejeune and Fernandez stick around much longer and Manquillo has to be sitting in the bus as we type. If we actually get relegated I reckon next season’s squad will be a first team comprised of this year’s second string, and a second string comprised of garden ornaments and dustbins.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Tsunki

    I agree the daily fail is not a reliable source.

    That said Bruce seems to be contradicting himself a lot these days, so the pressure is definitely on.

    Or perhaps they’ve heard of Wolves alleged interest and are painting ASM out as the bad guy so we’re not bothered when he leaves at a profit.

    Speculation of course but wouldn’t put it past the regime.

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  • simon376

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #34

    If the worst happens and we do go down, it will be years before up again, as said none or next to nobody in this squad will stay. How many still here under Bruce in the Premiership is another question

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  • simon376

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Could be right there Droopy

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  • simon376

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Droppy even

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  • TomaKaThor

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #37

    I said near the start of the season it will be only a matter of time before Saint Max gets fed up of playing in this shite show, far far to good for us and the negative drivel we play.. He lives of scraps and still produces magic, just imagine what he could do in a good side.

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  • carltoon

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Simon how lucky are you. Great times

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Simon

    It just seems a little too convenient to me.

    I might be well off the mark but for me the Andy Carroll deal was a lame attempt at bringing in one of our own to stop the mean geordies saying bad things about MA.

    The whole thing stinks and the squabbling between fans he causes is just another symptom.

    I will be doing more to try to persuade him to sell.

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  • IrishRob

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #40

    I dont think he will make that many changes, the team needs to gel and get used to each other changing it up again too much will just hurt them.

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