Steve Bruce has a big decision to make against Chelsea.

The Newcastle boss will be forced into four changes down to injury and suspension.

Fabian Schar and Javi Manquillo are injured, whilst Jeff Hendrick will miss out following his ridiculous red card against Southampton.

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But the biggest blow is Callum Wilson. The striker is set to be out for the next six to eight weeks, leaving a gaping hole in Bruce’s attack.

At first glance, it looks like a toss up between Joelinton, Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle – with some fans hoping it’s the latter.

However, could Ryan Fraser offer a solution?

Ryan Fraser up front

Since the birth of the diamond against Everton, Newcastle have looked much more of a threat going forwards.


In the first two games, Ryan Fraser started alongside Wilson, but he was dropped to the bench for the Southampton win.

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Allan Saint-Maximin thrived in the free role coming off the left, but could Newcastle deploy this tactic on both flanks?

Perhaps Bruce should consider playing Saint-Maximin and Fraser together as wide forwards, leaving the space in the middle for Miguel Almiron.

Whilst not using a recognised striker could be seen as negative, it could make Newcastle a huge threat on the break.

It could also help us defensively, with the pair sitting in front of the full backs if we’re under the cosh.

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It might not be a long-term solution to Wilson’s absence, but it’s certainly worth a try against Chelsea.

It would definitely be more positive than reverting to a back five, which is also an option.

Bruce’s striker options hardly fill you with confidence, so perhaps deploying Fraser in this role is worth the risk.

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