Steve Bruce hands Newcastle United player surprise Premier League debut

Steve Bruce has handed Emil Krafth his Newcastle United debut at Carrow Road.

Saturday, 17th August 2019, 15:09 pm

Bruce has made two changes to his starting XI for this afternoon’s Premier League game against Norwich City (3pm kick-off).

Right-back Krafth, signed from Amiens on transfer deadline day, replaces Javier Manquillo, while Ki Sung-yueng starts in midfield ahead of Sean Longstaff, who is still regaining his fitness after a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury.

Allan Saint-Maximin, signed from Nice for £16.5million, is not involved against Norwich. Bruce, United’s head coach, reported yesterday that Saint-Maximin – who came off the bench against Arsenal last weekend – was struggling with a hamstring problem. Former Newcastle players Tim Krul and Grant Hanley are in Norwich’s starting XI.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Dubravka; Schar, Lascelles, Dummett; Krafth, Ki, Shelvey, Hayden, Ritchie; Almiron, Joelinton. Subs: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Clark, Willems, S Longstaff, Muto.

Carrow Road.