Newcastle United host Manchester United on Sunday in their final Premier League game before the international break and it’s vital there is a response.
The Magpies were beaten 5-0 away to Leicester City at the weekend, where they completely collapsed in the second-half and it was a shocking display despite being down to 10 men.
Manager Steve Bruce has to try find a reaction from his players at St James’ Park and one way could make to several changes to his team.
It will be interesting to see who Newcastle have in their midfield against Manchester United, as Isaac Hayden will be suspended through his red card and Jonjo Shelvey is sidelined through injury.
Ki Sung-yueng could come in and partner Sean Longstaff as one possible option, but could the latter’s brother be an interesting name put forward?
Matty Longstaff is someone that has come through the academy ranks at Newcastle and impressed around the senior group during pre-season.
The 19-year-old has played zero minutes in the Premier League this season and is yet to make his top-flight debut, but has been on Bruce’s radar.
He is a versatile midfielder that played the full 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City on penalties and did a strong job on the right flank.
Longstaff is a defensive midfielder by trade that would bring bags of energy and enthusiasm if promoted to the team, something that was lacking as Newcastle crumbled away to Leicester.
He is someone that perhaps could inject something to the team at the weekend in a fixture against Manchester United that fans need to see a response in.
But it’s a very difficult spell right now where the team aren’t playing well and Bruce needs to weigh up whether throwing him in at the deep end is a wise idea.