Tomorrow evening, Newcastle embark on their latest cup adventure. This time it’s the Carabao Cup against Blackburn. A win will see Newcastle face either Morecambe or Oldham away.
This is an excellent opportunity to go on another cup run after last season’s romp to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. Bruce has made it a priority to take these competitions seriously so we expect a strong team to be put out.
Burce has already confirmed that Ryan Fraser will be handed his debut. Ciaran Clark will also make his return to the team after his long spell out with an ankle injury.
Bruce has limited options in a few areas – striker, center-back, and left-back being the primary concerns. Clark being declared fit is a big boost but it doesn’t look like Paul Dummett is ready just yet.
That could mean a second straight start for Jamal Lewis at left-back. We don’t see Andy Carroll playing a part tomorrow after his bruising performance on Saturday. Bruce will have to decide between giving Wilson the nod again or going with Joelinton up top.
After the performance Wilson put in at West Ham on Saturday, we’re not really looking forward to seeing Joelinton at striker again. But that may be the only option since it’s looking like Yoshinori Muto is heading to Eibar on loan, which Bruce has confirmed during his press conference earlier today.
It’ll be interesting to see who Bruce goes with for tomorrow’s cup tie. But we hope to see another positive performance to keep the momentum going at the start of this season.