Which player has featured the most under Steve Bruce in the Premier League this season? (Photo by OWEN HUMPHREYS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The surprising number of minutes played by EVERY Newcastle United player in the Premier League this season

Newcastle United have nine games to ensure they retain their Premier League status – beginning with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

With the international break coming to an end, all focus turns towards the Magpies and their battle to beat the drop.

Plenty has been said in the aftermath of United’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion, not least the future of head coach Steve Bruce.

However, owner Mike Ashley is sticking by his man, much to the displeasure of supporters.

The challenge now for Bruce and his players is to ensure the club avoids a third relegation under Ashley.

Indeed, fate is still in their own hands with a two-point advantage and a game in-hand over 18th placed Fulham.

Ahead of the defining part of the season, we take a look at which players Bruce has called upon the most this campaign via minutes played.

The figures come from scouting experts WyScout as we rank every player from lowest to highest – which includes some surprising results:

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