And while this change is being seen as a positive move by the Newcastle United fanbase, many don’t think Bruce has gone far enough.
NUFC starting XI: Martin Dubravka; Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett; Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Willock; Ryan Fraser, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle.
There is no place on the United bench for either of Matty Longstaff or Elliot Anderson.
Here’s how #NUFC Twitter reacted to the news...
@dpgcrimethink – “And here the Toon stumble into yet another "must win" fixture with little confidence. Some of these lot are due a performance, right? Right? Anyway, here's hoping. Howay the lads! Let’s put some bloody graft in and bring home an important 3 points!”
@gerfagantoon1 – “Here we go again, another 2 hours of pain, at least Jeff got benched on the plus side.”
@chris_armin – “I don’t care how or why or who or when. Just please win tonight lads!”
@Beech15C – “I don’t care how we get the 3 points but just win.”
@KMEasy83 – “Good to see Gayle back in the squad but I thoroughly expect him to no doubt be played out of position and given no service whatsoever.”
@Joeeeeeee_96 – “Can't complain too much about that team selection bar Krafth and Shelvey. Whether we have enough to pull something off is another thing altogether. HWTL!!”