Steve Bruce considers tactical change at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce is considering a tactical change for Newcastle United's visit to Turf Moor.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:45 am

Bruce will be without Allan Saint-Maximin for tomorrow’s game against Burnley after the winger suffered a hamstring injury late in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Southampton at St James’s Park.

And United’s head coach is considering switching striker Joelinton to the left – and recalling Andy Carroll to his starting XI.

“It's something we're toying with,” said Bruce, who could also be witout Jonjo Shelvey (calf) and Miguel Almiron (hamstring). “He's played half his career there at his previous club (Hoffenheim), so he's no stranger to it, so it may be.

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“It's something we've got up our sleeve if we need it, and it's something we're toying with, and it might just give big Joe a lift as well, because sometimes a change of scenery or a change of formation or a change of position can stimulate you a little bit.

“But look, he's only a young lad and he's got a big, big responsibility on his shoulders and we've got to be patient with him.”

Carroll, re-signed as a free agent in the summer as he recovered from ankle surgery, made his first Newcastle start in nine years in last week’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Joelinton has scored one goal for Newcastle since his £40million summer move from Hoffenheim.


United are 11th in the Premier League table with 22 points.