Is this Steve Bruce's strongest Newcastle United starting XI? (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Is this Steve Bruce's strongest Newcastle United starting XI after transfer window failure?

Newcastle United are at a standstill following a summer of disappointment in the transfer market.

Steve Bruce’s side recruited just one player during the three-month window with Joe Willock arriving permanently from Arsenal for £25million.

But on paper, the Magpies’ starting XI from last season remains untouched given Willock was previously on loan.

Overall, the exits of Andy Carroll, Florian Lejeune, Yoshinori Muto, Christian Atsu and Matty Longstaff have made the squad significantly smaller.

Bruce and his squad are now tasked with keeping Newcastle in the Premier League once more – and supporters are fearing the worst.

The United head coach will need to make do with what he’s got and find a way of turning around their winless start to the 2021/22 season.

Here, our writer Jordan Cronin picks the strongest possible starting XI available to Bruce – when everybody is fit and firing:

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