Steve Bruce has stated that he will look beyond his often-utilised players, as the Newcastle United boss attempts to deal with our packed festive schedule.
Thursday night’s trip to Sheffield United kicks off a busy December for the Magpies, with Bruce’s men set to play six league games before the year is over.
The need to rotate is prevalent in Bruce’s thinking as the boss ponders how he will deal with the upcoming fixture congestion we face, and has noted toward handing some of the fringe players a greater share of responsibilities.
“We are going to have to [rotate],” Bruce told reporters during his pre-Sheffield United press conference on Thursday, via quotes by the Chronicle.
“When you look at the games [we have coming up], it is a ridiculous schedule. We will have to adapt and need a bit of freshness.”
Bruce’s words suggest the boss is set to grant wantaway striker Yoshinori Muto his wish as the January window nears, as despite being keen to leave St. James’ Park this winter, the 27-year-old is working hard to get back into the side.
Should Bruce award Muto more minutes?
Yes, he deserves a chance
No, Bruce must stick with Joelinton
No, should give Gayle more minutes
No, Carroll must play once he's fit
Muto has played just 191 minutes in all competitions this season, and has only featured in one of Bruce’s Premier League teamsheets in our last seven top-flight games.
His only goal of the term came in August’s Carabao Cup defeat at home to Leicester City, and has been awarded little opportunity to add to his tally with Bruce preferring the likes of Joelinton, Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle.
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