Steve Bruce's 'clever thinking' and some Rose, Lazaro & Bentaleb SHOCK – Newcastle United fans react to the manager's West Ham selections

Steve Bruce has made TWO changes to his starting XI for the visit of West Ham United today – and it’s fair to say the calls have split the Newcastle United fanbase.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Joelinton of Newcastle United is surrounded by Adam Smith (l), Jefferson Lerma and Dominic Solanke (r) of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on July 01, 2020 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Joelinton of Newcastle United is surrounded by Adam Smith (l), Jefferson Lerma and Dominic Solanke (r) of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on July 01, 2020 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

While some believe the Javier Manquillo call on the left is a masterstroke, others believe Bruce is making mistakes in not selecting loan men Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Valentino Lazaro.

@ToonGenie – “Good move by Bruce to play Manquillo at LB. He's up against Bowen whose a left footed right winger who always comes inside to shoot.. Clever thinking.”

@AngelNUFC – “Happy with the team, it's very attacking but I would have liked Lazaro to start. I wonder what Muto did to make Bruce so mad that he can't even get on the bench.”

@Kevin_Nichol – “Got to say that #nufc now have some decent options from the bench. Carroll, Lazaro, Ritchie, Bentaleb, Rose...no longer do I shudder at the thought of Atsu or Muto playing PL football. We look like a decent squad right now.”

@JamesFernienufc – “#NUFC Happy with the line up but surprised about Rose and Bentaleb not starting but apart from that it’s a decent line up.”

@NUFCblogcouk – “Lazaro is a very talented player IMO & could be a great signing at £20m, but we're going to blow our chances of signing him here. Class at WBA & scores...doesn't get starts. Class at Bournemouth & scores...doesn't get a start. Why?! 🤷🏼‍♂️”

@Clinton_Forde – “BIG Joe and Dwight Gayle on the pitch at the SAME TIME? We MUST mean business today!!! #HWTL #NUFC ⚫️⚪️”