Newcastle United’s confirmed starting XI v Leeds United: Eddie Howe makes bold call
Eddie Howe has named his Newcastle United starting XI to take on Leeds United at Elland Road.
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On the opposite wing, Alexander Isak remains as Callum Wilson starts as the central striker.
Asked about the Wilson-Isak dynamic on Friday, Howe said: “They didn’t play together [v Arsenal], they were on the pitch together. They weren’t a partnership as such.
“I saw enough from Alex, who played really well, and could have scored two or three goals on another day. I know he could play that position. I know Callum in the No.9 role, an outstanding player.
“It’s something I’ll definitely consider.”
Nick Pope starts in goal eyeing only a second clean sheet in 16 matches. Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schar, Sven Botman and Dan Burn remain as the back four.
In midfield, Joelinton continues in Sean Longstaff’s absence alongside Bruno Guimaraes and Joe Willock. The front three is Isak, Wilson and Murphy.
Newcastle United starting XI: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Bruno, Willock, Joelinton, Almiron, Isak, Wilson. Subs: Dubravka, Dummett, Gordon, Saint-Maximin, Lewis, Targett, Manquillo, Murphy, Anderson.
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