Friday night at St. James’ Park will host a battle between two of the five clubs looking for their first win of this campaign. Leeds sit in 17th place on 2 points with the same -7 goal difference as Newcastle.
After an extremely disappointing transfer window, Newcastle have limped out of the gate with just one draw over our first four matches. We also bowed out of the Carabao Cup at home to Burnley, who are one of the five winless clubs
There were some positives at Manchester United over the weekend. The defending was much improved until some late goals led to a lopsided defeat. While we probably didn’t deserve a result, the scoreline was a bit harsh.
Miguel Almiron and Javier Manquillo were both excellent on Saturday. Unfortunately, Manquillo was forced off with a knock. Hopefully, it’s a minor one and he can play a part at home on Friday. They duo top our poll as Newcastle’s best players.
This is a prominent match despite it being so early in the season. Steve Bruce is facing increasing scrutiny and with the fans back in the stands, he’s not been able to juke their displeasure.
Injuries have been a running theme under Bruce’s tenure. That is no different this season. Callum Wilson will be out for the foreseeable future with The Mail reporting he could be sidelined until the end of next month.
Wilson joins Martin Dubravka and Jonjo Shelvey as long-term injuries. We’re waiting on news about Manquillo, Joe Willock, and Ciaran Clark, all of who suffered knocks on Saturday. Paul Dummett has yet to play this season with a calf injury but could return Friday.
We could see plenty of changes against Leeds as Bruce desperately tries to jumpstart this campaign. A bright, quick start is a must or it could get very ugly at St. James’ Park.