Three Newcastle players for Chelsea to watch out for
Chelsea host Newcastle United on Saturday in the Premier League and it’s a game they are expected to get three points in.
But they are welcoming a Newcastle side that will be boosted by a 1-0 win over Manchester United in their previous fixture and they shouldn’t be overlooked.
Steve Bruce is an inexperienced manager that is beginning to get most of his key players back from injury and his team have a number of talented individuals.
Here are three key threats that Chelsea need to look out for:
Frank Lampard’s side have a whole wave of young players making an impression in the first-team at Stamford Bridge this season, but Newcastle do have some rising stars of their own.
Longstaff made his Premier League debut against Manchester United and showed no fear by dropping a man of the match performance.
The 19-year-old midfielder fired in a low driven shot to secure a 1-0 victory, but it was his overall performance that made note.
He was all over the pitch with his tireless work-rate and is an enthusiastic youngster that looks like he may improve the Newcastle team.
Chelsea are without their own workhorse N’Golo Kante this weekend due to an injury, so it’s important that they match the Newcastle intensity in the midfield.
Saint-Maximin has seen his season disrupted so far by injury, but he’s got Newcastle fans off their seats when on the pitch and looks like he could be a real addition to the Premier League.
The Magpies spent £16.5million (BBC) to sign him in the summer from Nice and he’s a dazzling attacker with pace to burn.
The 22-year-old left-winger is going to cause Cesar Azpilicueta serious problems on the counter attack, something that he did in the win over Manchester United before the international break.
He’s a confident player that is not afraid to try mazy dribbles and stepovers, which is why the Blues defence need to prepare for him.
Newcastle don’t have too many players that are good enough to play for a top-six team, but defender Schar is perhaps one of the few.
The 27-year-old is a ball-playing centre-back that is a real leader in the backline and looks the most assured in the XI for Saturday’s visitors.
Chelsea in-form striker Tammy Abraham is going to have to be on his A-game to get the better of him, as he’s a well balanced defender with no obvious weakness.
Lampard’s vulnerability from set-pieces has been well documented too this season and they have to make sure they keep a close eye on Schar from corners.