Newcastle United have started life without Rafa Benitez in worrying fashion having picked up back-to-back defeats at the hands of Arsenal and Norwich City.
The Magpies travel back down south for the clash against Tottenham Hotspur later on today, but it could be a rather muted environment with fans possibly hitting back at owner Mike Ashley by boycotting the game (as per Daily Mail).
Bruce, so far, has chopped and changed his midfield for both games, and after conceding three against Norwich last time out, the Englishman could look to make a change in the face of a star-studded Spurs side.
So, how will Newcastle line-up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
Bruce – partially because of a lack of options – has kept the same back three in both games, and despite the defence letting in four goals in two matches, Bruce should stick with Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar.
Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden are two of the driving forces in Newcastle’s midfield and the former even grabbed a goal at Carrow Road last time out. Meanwhile, Sean Longstaff may come in for Ki Sung-yeung, who only received a rating of 3/10 in his last outing. Indeed, Longstaff impressed after being brought on as he assisted Shelvey’s goal in the dying embers against the Canaries last time out.
Matt Ritchie was perhaps the only man in black and white that could leave Norfolk County with his head held high last week, receiving a 6/10 for his ‘lively’ performance, so he will surely reclaim his place on the left.
As alluded to, Bruce is struggling for firepower as of now, with DeAndre Yedlin, Dwight Gayle, Jack Colback, Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin all currently injured.
As a result, Bruce has no choice but to start Joelinton and Miguel Almiron for the third game running.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience