This is the team Steve Bruce has named for this afternoon’s return to St. James’ Park against Chelsea. It has four changes from the loss to Southampton.
This is how we line-up for #NEWCHE at St. James' Park this afternoon.
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— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 21, 2020
It looks like Bruce may have gone back to the dreaded 5-4-1 that was so anemic last season unless Jacob Murphy is drafted into a central role. It’s a recall for Ciaran Clark, Javier Manquillo, Joelinton, and Isaac Hayden.
Callum Wilson is thankfully not risked but it’s going to be Joelinton upfront by himself once again. That formula did not work last season. Let’s hope Jacob Murphy and Allan Saint-Maximin can get forward to provide some threat.
Here is who Frank Lampard will send out for the visitors. This is still a very strong side even without some of their more dynamic players like Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 21, 2020
Newcastle must show a reaction from the performance two weeks ago at St. Mary’s. In what has been a campaign of peaks and valleys, some semblance of consistency has to be the goal. A result may not be on the cards today, but a decent display is a must.
Howay The Lads!