Bruce delighted with Wilson’s attitude after late sub in Everton win

Newcastle managed to claim a 2-1 victory over Everton at the weekend, with Wilson being sacrificed late on in favour of Andy Carroll.

Bruce wanted to protect Newcastle’s lead, so he took off his side’s main goalscorer in a bid to give his side some more defensive stability.

The Magpies boss went on to say that he’s delighted for the former Bournemouth striker, who now has six goals to his name since joining in the summer, as many as any Newcastle player managed in the league for the whole of last season.

But that seemingly wasn’t enough to appease BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who named Wilson in his team of the week but claimed that his arrival at St James’ Park has been a “slow burner”.

Six goals in seven games doesn’t sound like a slow burner to us, Garth, but we gave up understanding your teams of the week quite some time ago.

Premier League: Newcastle vs Everton

Everton were humbled by Southampton on the south coast last weekend, and will travel to the North East without defender Lucas Digne, who was sent off for a tackle on Kyle Walker-Peters. The Frenchman was initially banned for three games, but has since saw his punishment reduced to one game on appeal. Richarlison is also suspended, as he serves the second of a three-match ban for a red card received in the Merseyside derby.

That could mean a first Premier League start for Niels Nkounkou at left-back, after catching the eye in Everton’s Carabao Cup campaign earlier this season, while Alex Iwobi is likely to deputise for the Brazilian.

The Toffees should also be able to rely on James Rodriguez, who made it through 90 minutes against Southampton despite being a doubt before the game with a knock, but captain Seamus Coleman is missing with a hamstring injury, meaning Ben Godfrey could continue at right-back. Mason Holgate is also out with a toe injury.

Newcastle could be boosted by the return of Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark to the squad, with both defenders closing in on full fitness after long-term injuries. Jonjo Shelvey is out after undergoing hernia surgery, but Isaac Hayden could return to midfield after being benched as a precaution in the draw with Wolves. Captain Jamaal Lascelles is a major doubt with a foot injury suffered at Molineux, so Fabian Schar could play alongside Federico Fernandez at the back.

Ryan Fraser started that game in an unfamiliar centre midfield role, but with Sean and Matty Longstaff also close to full fitness, could miss out. After an impressive game at right wing-back last week, Jacob Murphy could continue for the Magpies if they choose to field a back five again.

Newcastle take on Everton at St James’ Park on Sunday, November 1st. Kick off is at 2pm.

Premier League: Newcastle United vs Manchester United

The two sides are coming off the back of differing domestic results, with the Magpies trying to build on a 3-1 win over Burnley at St James’ Park last time out, while Man United try and bounce back from a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

The same fixture last season was one of Newcastle’s highest points of their campaign, when Matty Longstaff sealed the points with a debut goal in front of the St James’ Park crowd. Fast forward ten months and there will be no crowd to take in the action and possibly no Longstaff either, as he continues to struggle with injury.

Newcastle received a boost during the international break through Allan Saint-Maximin, with the French winger signing an improved deal to keep him at the club until 2026. After Man United’s performance against Spurs last week, he’ll be salivating at the thought of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this weekend.

Steve Bruce will have to patch up his side once more though, with Jamal Lewis, Matt Ritchie, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Martin Dubravka all sidelined with injuries.

Miguel Almiron played for Paraguay in the week and should be available, while Fabian Schar came through Switzerland’s Nations League games without issue and could come into the starting XI.

As for the visitors, they’ll be without Anthony Martial after his red card against Spurs, while new signing Edinson Cavani is still self-isolating due to COVID-19 precautions. Alex Telles could make his debut after joining from FC Porto.

Axel Tuanzebe could be involved after an ankle injury, and Eric Bailly is also expected to make it, despite suffering a hamstring injury while playing for Ivory Coast.

Harry Maguire’s inclusion will be the main talking point, with the defender’s form being called into question after his performance against Spurs, before another mistake led to a red card during England’s Nations League defeat to Denmark.

Rumours of a bust-up with Bruno Fernandes have been played down by all involved, but all is clearly not right at Old Trafford.

Newcastle United take on Manchester United at St James’ Park on Saturday, October 17th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Newcastle United cool interest in Benfica keeper

The Greek stopper, who has 6 caps for his country, has impressed between the sticks this season for Benfica, who finished second in the 2019/20 Portuguese top flight.

That led to him catching the eye of Newcastle United, but now the Magpies have cooled their interest in the 26-year-old significantly.

This is no doubt down to the collapse of the proposed takeover of Newcastle by a Saudi-backed consortium last week.

Odisseas – who was born in Germany but represents Greece – embodies an interesting transfer target for the Toon, who already have a more than capable goalkeeper in Martin Dubravka.

Dubravka was one of Newcastle’s star players in 2019/20, winning the club’s player of the season award.

Although a swoop for Odisseas is now over according to Portuguese publication O Jogo, the fact Steve Bruce was said to be considering a move for a goalkeeper may raise questions over Dubravka’s St James’ Park future.

Premier League champions Liverpool end 2019-20 campaign at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce’s first season at the club has not been plain sailing, with question marks his ability to move the club forward in a post-Rafael Benitez world.

However, whilst many issues still remain, Bruce’s side have comfortably stayed in the Premier League after some turbulent earlier in the season.

But despite the positivity, it will take something special to beat this Liverpool side, who can end the season on 99 points with a win on Tyneside.

The Reds ended their 30-year wait for a league title last month, and finally got to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time night after a thrilling 5-3 win at home to Chelsea.

Newly crowned FWA Player of the Year Jordan Henderson was the man who lifted the trophy in midweek – but his season is already over, due to a knee injury.

Centre back Joel Matip is also unavailable for Jurgen Klopp, with the defender nursing a foot problem.

Newcastle’s injury list has been a concern all season, and that remains the case this weekend with Fabian Schar, Sean Longstaff, Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden and Jamaal Lascelles missing.

Emil Krafth is rated as doubtful as he recovers from an ankle problem, but centre back Florian Lejeune is set to return, after recovering from a thigh strain.

Newcastle United v Liverpool at St James’ Park is a 4pm kick off on Sunday, 26 July.