Steve Bruce received heavy criticism for his decision not to include a midfield option on the bench against Arsenal, which was highlighted when Jonjo Shelvey had to be withdrawn because of a knock.

The reshuffle following his exit played a hand in the goal that cost us the game, and appeared to be a naive tactical mistake from a manager who should have a wealth of experience.

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It would be a major surprise if Bruce does not include a midfielder among his substitutes at Norwich, and therein lies his dilemma of who to choose.

The two players likely to be under consideration are Ki Sung Yueng and Matty Longstaff, who was the success story from pre-season.


If Bruce opts for experience, it will be Ki who gets the nod, but if he wants something a bit different, he could give Sean’s younger brother a chance.

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Ki has often flattered to deceive since joining Newcastle from Swansea, and has rarely showed consistent form in the black and white shirt.

Matty Longstaff could provide a spark for Newcastle

But clearly Newcastle have high hopes that Matty can have an impact this season, like his brother did last, and certainly his pre-season form suggested that he could.

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He also showed he has an eye for goal, when he scored with a wonderful long-range strike in the home friendly against St Etienne – something Ki has not shown, with no goals and just a single assist from his 19 appearances for Newcastle last season.

Although Ki is the most likely inclusion, fans may hope the younger Longstaff gets a chance, and that maybe he can provide the ‘X-Factor’ that was missing at times during the opening defeat against Arsenal.

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