The Newcastle United starting XI that could face Southampton – as Steve Bruce hints at changes

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has hinted be could make changes to his side this weekend as Southampton are the visitors to St James’s Park.

Saturday, 7th December 2019, 12:00 pm
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle looks to the linesman Linesman Derek Eaton (not pictured) during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United at Bramall Lane on December 05, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Bruce made just the one tweak to his side on Thursday with Andy Carroll coming in for Joelinton – who has struggled since arriving for a club record fee.

He’s suggested more could be on the cards in what is the busiest month of football on the calendar.

Here’s the team he could pick on Sunday...

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The man was a wall on Thursday. Up there with his best performances since signing for Newcastle.
The Argentine was again solid on Thursday night and Bruce is likely to resist the temptation to change a back three which coped so well against Sheffield United.
An absolute rock. Not 100% certain he's the best in centre of three but hard to argue with the manager's call.
Is fighting tooth and nail to keep Fabian Schar out the Newcastle line-up and on Thursday's who, will do just that.
Has been excellent in the two games he's played - in fact he's not let United down this season. Makes you wonder why the club signed Emil Krafth.
When he's good, he's outrageous. We're in a real purple patch of Shelvey's which have so far proved few and far between at United. Has the armband made a difference?
An all-action show on Thursday, would be no surprise if it's taken it out of him. But has to continue.
A quiet evening by his standards on Thursday. But he's got plenty of cash in the bank when it comes to selection.
Take Aston Villa out the equation, he's been outstanding lately.
Allan Saint-Maximin is touch and go for Sunday with an injury he is playing through the pain-barrier with. Can he get through another game within 72 hours? Atsu is a decent shout.
Having played 70 minutes on Thursday, it might be that Joelinton comes back in up top. December could be a month where the two interchange quite freely.