Brighton boss Graham Potter has confirmed that summer signing Leandro Trossard will miss Saturday’s game at St James’ Park.
The Belgian winger became the Seagulls’ club record signing over the summer and has impressed since completing a £18m move from Genk, however he’ll take no part in our crucial clash this weekend.
Elsewhere, first choice right wing-back Martin Montoya is back after recovering from illness, however £17m winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Leon Balogun and Jose Izquierdo look set to join Trossard on the sidelines, with left-back Bernardo also a doubt.
Trossard scored in his home debut against West Ham last month and has looked a real threat each time I’ve seen them, so this will be a real blow for Brighton – a side who’ve scored just two goals in their last four games.
Potter has also heaped praise on Steve Bruce ahead of the game, describing him as a ‘talented’ and ‘experienced’ manager who has his teams ‘organised and competitive’:
“Steve Bruce has his teams well organised and competitive with quality.
“I think he’ll have an impact at Newcastle too, he’s a talented manager with a lot of experience.”
A huge game awaits this weekend and one that promises to define our start to the season.
Win and we’ll see it as a solid start considering the fixtures we’ve had, but lose and we’ll be going into tough games against Leicester, Man Utd, Chelsea and Wolves in a bit of a mess.