Eddie Howe weighs up £70m Newcastle United selection call for Manchester City cup tie

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Newcastle United host Manchester City in the third round of the Carabao Cup - and Eddie Howe will likely make changes to his starting XI.

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe will consider making changes for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie against Manchester City at St James’ Park (kick-off 8pm).

The Magpies host last season’s treble winners after beating Sheffield United 8-0 at Bramall Lane on Sunday. United became the first-ever Premier League team to have eight different scorers in a game as they recorded their biggest-ever away league win.

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Howe made four changes against the Blades and is likely to do so again tomorrow as he looks to utilise his squad during a busy period. Having already played Brentford, AC Milan and Sheff United during the last eight days, Newcastle now play four games in 12 days.

Newcastle United right-back Tino Livramento. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Newcastle United right-back Tino Livramento. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United right-back Tino Livramento. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

And two players who are pushing for a starting spot versus Pep Guardiola’s side are summer signings Lewis Hall and Tino Livramento. Both full-backs were introduced from the bench at Sheffield United.

“Delighted to get them on,” said Howe. “As I say, they’ve been training well. It was good to rest the players we were able to rest as well following their physical excursions this week.

“When you’re in that position, which is quite rare in the Premier League, the game is sort of done and you’re able to go to the bench and bring on some top quality players, I’m sure they’ll benefit from that runout.”

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Newcastle made Livramento their third summer signing in a transfer worth £35million from Southampton. The 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium is August was the former Chelsea youngster’s only appearance before featuring for 20 minutes on Sunday.

Hall, meanwhile, made his debut United debut during the visit to Bramall Lane. The 19-year-old has joined on loan from Chelsea, a move that will become permanent for an initial £28m next summer and potential £7m add-ons.

Asked about the £70m-rated pair’s situation. Howe said on Friday: “You will see them on the pitch. When? I’m not sure. ’ll always pick a team that I think gives us the best chance of winning.

“Tino is training very well but he’s fighting with Kieran who’s been outstanding for us this season. Tino we see being a huge part of our future and it’s the same with Lewis.

“Lewis has come having played no minutes during pre-season. He’s an outstanding prospect and is again training very well. We’re building up and competing for that starting spot.”

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