Newcastle United have options in attack for this weekend’s clash with Southampton.
That’s not something Steve Bruce has been able to say since he became Toon boss.
But for the first time on Saturday, Bruce will have a difficult decision to make regarding his attack.
Bar Andy Carroll, all our attackers should be fully fit to face the Saints.
Against Burnley, Allan Saint-Maximin started on the bench due to an injury worry, while Valentino Lazaro was suspended.
But the former proved his fitness against West Brom in the cup, and the latter also impressed on his return.
Considering how influential is, you assume Saint-Maximin has to start on Saturday. But the only other player whose place is guaranteed is Miguel Almiron’s.
The Paraguayan looks so much better in an attacking midfield role, scoring two crackers at the Hawthorns.
But up front, it’s a toss up between Dwight Gayle and Joelinton. The former looked lively on Saturday, while the number nine impressed in the cup.
And if Bruce does opt for Gayle, Joelinton could also play on the right. The gaffer has options out there too: Lazaro, Matt Ritchie, or possibly Joelinton.
It’s difficult to predict what Bruce will go with.
Personally, I think he should go with Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Lazaro and Gayle.
Gayle deserves another chance to start, while Lazaro did more against West Brom than Ritchie did versus Burnley.
But whatever Bruce goes with, he’ll have options on the bench to change things if needs be.