Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal in their opening Premier League fixture, but will have the chance to bounce back when they take on Norwich City on Saturday.
Bruce could slowly turn things around with a win this weekend against the newcomers, who were also defeated in their first game of the season by Liverpool.
The Magpies will need their big-name players to step up when they travel to Carrow Road, in what will be an exciting game in front of a packed stadium.
Let’s take a look at 3 Newcastle United players who will be key against Norwich City:
Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles was partly at fault for the sole goal that his team conceded against Arsenal when he drifted away from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and left the Arsenal striker alone in the box.
Lascelles, however, is a quality player, perhaps Newcastle’s best defender, and he will return stronger against Norwich City, which he must do as he will be up against Teemu Pukki.
Pukki was the leading scorer in the Championship last season, and has already opened his account after a well-taken goal against Liverpool.
Miguel Almiron had a decent game against Arsenal, driving forward with the ball and trying to create an opportunity for the Magpies.
The Paraguayan can create something out of nothing, and will have to link up well with midfield and attack, and push Newcastle forwards and create chances for the attack.
Almiron hasn’t got on the scoresheet yet for Newcastle since signing for them in the January transfer window. The game against Norwich City could be the perfect fixture for him to score his first goal for the Magpies as the newly-promoted side are bound to attack and could give Almiron and co. the chance to grab a goal on the break.
Brazil striker Joelinton, who arrived for a club-record transfer fee, had a lively game against Arsenal, testing the goalkeeper on a few occasions.
The 22-year-old is very good in the air, which he showed in the game against Arsenal, winning 8 aerial duels – the most by any player in the game.
Steve Bruce could perhaps instruct his creative players to get the ball quickly to Joelinton, using his height and aerial presence to create chances. Newcastle have not had a goal-scoring striker for a while, and if Joelinton is the one, he will have to step up against teams like Norwich even though it’s only his first season.