Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce is expected to hand starting berths to both Longstaff brothers in the centre of midfield against Manchester Untied on Sunday, according to the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, Ciaran Clark is also set to start for the first time in the league this term in place of stalwart Paul Dummett.
This is a gutsy call from Bruce. Clearly he is scrabbling around for inspiration, which is no surprise given how bad the Magpies have been so far this campaign. However, is an inexperienced 19-year-old the right choice for a game against the Red Devils? Obviously this isn’t the United of old, but it’s still going to be an intimidating Premier League debut for the younger Longstaff. Having said that, if he’s anything like his older brother then he should thrive on the opportunity. As for Bruce planning to drop Dummett for Clark, that simply seems bizarre. The Welsh international hasn’t been the problem for Newcastle this season, far from it. He is one of the most committed and hard-working players in Bruce’s squad, yet he’s seemingly going to be the one axed after the Leicester disaster. And to replace him with Clark rather than Federico Fernandez seems like a strange decision given that the Argentine has appeared to be ahead of the Irishman in the pecking order this term.