Eddie Howe explains surprise Newcastle United changes
Eddie Howe has explained his team selection changes against Norwich City.
Howe made four changes for this afternoon’s 3-0 win at Carrow Road.
The result saw the club move up to ninth in the Premier League with four games left to play.
Jamaal Lascelles, Jacob Murphy, Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff came into Eddie Howe’s starting XI. Miguel Almiron – who had scored in midweek – dropped down to the bench along with Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey and Chris Wood.
Chelsea face Christian Pulisic ‘dilemma’ amid Newcastle and Leeds interest as Wolves given ‘boost’ in Goncalo Ramos pursuit
Newcastle United's Dan Burn says what many people are thinking about Manchester City right now
Newcastle United £25.3m transfer target scores again as manager hints at move
Newcastle United suffering mini-defensive ‘injury crisis’ ahead of clash against Manchester City
New Newcastle United signing trains with squad as seven 'miss out' ahead of Manchester City
Joelinton – who started the game as a striker – netted twice after being moved to the left, and Bruno Guimaraes also found the net in the game, which followed home successes over Crystal Palace and Leicester City in the previous six days.
Asked to explain the changes, head coach Howe said: "Three games in six days. Norwich had a free week so we couldn't come here lethargic, tired or mentally fatigued after the week we had – two tough home games where we had long spells without the ball.
"We needed fresh bodies, one or two players had a few niggles as well, so we didn't want to risk them.
"I was really pleased with the guys that came in. I thought they did refresh the team, and thought we looked very good physically today for certain points in the game.
"Also, I think it's healthy for the group to do that as well. It shows we do have a capable squad, and that I've got options to choose from, plus competition for places as well, which is absolutely vital.”