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Steve Bruce explains who plays where in his Newcastle team v West Brom – Official announcement by club

1 month ago
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Steve Bruce announced his Newcastle team v West Brom at 7pm on Tuesday night.

The NUFC Head Coach had promised changes and we certainly got some.

Six players added/left out after the 0-0 draw against Burnley.

Those players being:

In: Lazaro, Schar, Bentaleb, Saint-Maximin, Sean Longstaff, Darlow

Out: Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie, Gayle, Dubravka, Fernandez

The team named as:

Darlow, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Rose, Bentaleb, Sean Longstaff, Lazaro, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Plus subs:

Elliot, Lejeune, Yedlin, Gayle, Shelvey, Ritchie, Matty Longstaff

So how will they line up though?

An additional/later announcement from the club explained Bruce’s plan and where everybody is playing.

The formation is a 4-2-3-1.

A back four of Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles and Rose in front of Darlow.

Then Bentaleb and Sean Longstsaff as defensive central midfielders

With then an ‘attacking midfield triumvirate’ of Lazaro, Almiron and Saint-Maximin.

Joelinton ‘up front on his own’ to complete the team.

With West Brom making nine changes from their Championship team, they have given Newcastle every encouragement to take advantage.

Official Newcastle United announcement:

Allan Saint-Maximin is back in Newcastle United’s starting XI as the Magpies look to see off West Bromwich Albion and progress to the last eight of the FA Cup.

The French winger was introduced as a late substitute in United’s Premier League draw at home to Burnley on Saturday, but will be involved from the off as Steve Bruce deploys a 4-2-3-1 formation at the Hawthorns.

Saint-Maximin is joined by Miguel Almirón and Valentino Lazaro – the latter making his FA Cup debut for Newcastle – in an attacking midfield triumvirate, with Joelinton starting up front on his own.

In the middle of the pitch, Nabil Bentaleb and Sean Longstaff – neither of whom figured against the Clarets at St. James’ Park – both return to the fray, with Jonjo Shelvey on the bench and Isaac Hayden not in the United squad.

The Magpies’ back four is largely unchanged from Saturday, with the only change seeing Fabian Schär come in for Federico Fernández. And in between the sticks, it’s Karl Darlow who starts, Newcastle’s regular reserve stopper having played in both games against Oxford United in the previous round.

Former Baggie Dwight Gayle joins Shelvey among United’s list of substitutes, the frontman having spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan at the Hawthorns before returning to Tyneside last summer.

Newcastle United: Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schär, Jamaal Lascelles, Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb, Sean Longstaff, Valentino Lazaro, Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almirón, Joelinton.

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, DeAndre Yedlin, Florian Lejeune, Matty Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle.

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