Keith Downie has provided his thoughts on Eddie Howe’s pre-Norwich press conference by revealing that he thinks the head coach will make changes to his starting XI for the match.
The Magpies played against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night and now face the prospect of a long trip to East Anglia on Saturday, with the ex-Bournemouth boss potentially handing rests to a number of players.
Downie tweeted: “Sounds like Eddie Howe is planning to mix things up a bit at Norwich tomorrow, given the heavy schedule the players have got through in recent weeks.”
This claim from the reporter will surely get supporters buzzing about what they will be seeing against the Canaries this weekend.
The Magpies are now 12 points clear of the bottom three with five games to go and this means that they can afford to experiment with different players and formations. It would take a colossal shift in fortunes for Newcastle and all of the teams below them for the Toon to be relegated this season, and this means that Howe can now take liberties with his team selections.
Therefore, a number of players who have been starved of first-team action over the last few months could be given the chance to show what they can do.
Whilst the current stars who are nailed down starters do not have much to worry about after survival is secured, the fringe players will be fighting for their places in the squad heading into 2022/23 and this means that the supporters could well see spirited displays from a much-changed side instead of an XI that is already on the beach.
The likes of Jacob Murphy, Jamaal Lascelles, Sean Longstaff and Dwight Gayle are all names that spring to mind as candidates to come in against Dean Smith’s side.
They will all surely be keen to prove to Howe that they deserve to be part of PIF’s project moving forward and will, therefore, be determined to put in a quality showing against the Canaries, which is why it will be exciting for the Newcastle faithful to see how they get on at Carrow Road.
It will now be down to them to showcase their ability and help the side to another three points…