Is this the Newcastle United side Graeme Jones will select on Saturday amid speculation linking Eddie Howe to the vacant job at St James's Park? (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Is this the Newcastle United XI Graeme Jones will pick for trip to Brighton amid Eddie Howe talks

Is this how Newcastle United could look on Saturday as Eddie Howe speculation intensifies?

Graeme Jones has been in interim charge of Newcastle for their last two games, picking a 5-3-2 formation that yielded a draw against Crystal Palace but then suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Chelsea.

Newcastle head to The Amex Stadium on Saturday still in search of their first win of the season, but they could have a new manager in the hot seat.

Former Bournemouth manager Howe is now looking increasingly likely to become Newcastle United’s new manager and his first task could be to oversee Newcastle’s trip to Brighton on Saturday, before having two weeks over the international break to work with his new squad in preparation for their home game against Brentford on November 20.

Here, we take a look at how Newcastle United could line up on Saturday, using Howe’s favoured 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 formation:

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