Just 90 minute separate Newcastle United and the end of the season.

It’s been a tough campaign, but one that has ended in Premier League survival. While that is no achievement, relegation was a very real threat just eight games ago.

But a strong run of results have moved Newcastle away from danger, and up to the dizzy heights of 15th.

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The Magpies have the chance to reach 45 points, which would equal their best tally since returning to the top flight.

If Newcastle beat Fulham on the final day and results go our way, we could end the season in 12th.

But will Steve Bruce rotate for the trip to Craven Cottage?

While the result is important, it seems likely that he will rotate his side after picking up multiple knocks against Sheffield United.

With that in mind, here are five players who deserve a chance against Fulham on Sunday.

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Mark Gillespie

Martin Dubravka was one of multiple Newcastle players struggling against Sheffield United.

The goalkeeper appeared to pick up a muscle problem, but carried on.

However, with the Euros on the horizon for the Slovakian, he deserves a rest.

In his place should be Mark Gillespie. The summer signing has never played in the Premier League, and a top flight debut would no doubt mean a lot to the local lad.


Jamal Lewis

Jamal Lewis has fallen out of favour in recent months.

It’s been a tough first season for the £15million man. However, with nothing but pride to play for, he should get a chance against Fulham.

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While Matt Ritchie has been excellent, this game is a good opportunity for Lewis to regain some confidence down the left.

Matty Longstaff

Matty Longstaff hasn’t played enough football this season. It’s as simple as that.

Despite impressing last year and signing a new contract, he’s barely featured.

The youngest Longstaff brother could have a bright future at St James’ Park. However, he won’t achieve his potential if he isn’t given a chance to shine.

Elliot Anderson

Toon fans have been begging for Elliot Anderson to get a chance for a long time now.

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He made his Premier League debut against Arsenal back in January, but hasn’t featured since.

Bruce has stated that Anderson is desperate to feature. Here’s hoping that happens against Fulham.

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll should get one final start for Newcastle United.

Sure, he’s got nothing to prove. The Magpies have nothing to gain either. But it would be great to see Andy Carroll leading the line one last time.

His return to Newcastle hasn’t gone to plan, but it would be nice for the 32-year-old to go out on a high.

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