13 Premier League sides, including Newcastle, will find out on Tuesday evening who they will face in the second round of the EFL Cup.
The ties will take place later this month, with Steve Bruce hoping to better the Magpies’ recent form in the competition in previous years.
Newcastle, who have never won the competition, have reached the last eight of the tournament twice in the past five seasons, however, they’ve lost out to Championship side Nottingham Forest in the second round in consecutive years.
In terms of player selection, Bruce will more than likely stick to the protocol used by top-flight bosses and ring the changes for the tie later this month, giving fringe players the chance to stake their claim for a potential Premier League start.
So here at Read Newcastle, we’ve decided to take a look at five players who could well star for the Magpies in the first domestic cup competition of the new season.
Newcastle completed the signing of former Chelsea youngster Kyle Scott earlier in the summer. The midfielder could well be handed the chance to shine in the cup by Steve Bruce after making just one senior appearance for the Blues.
After watching big brother Sean burst into the first-team side over the past 12 months, Matty Longstaff could well be in line for a starting spot in the EFL Cup before the end of the month.
He’s been used as a right-back, central midfielder, left-winger and a number 10 in the U23’s side, and recently scored in the club’s pre-season win over Saint Etienne.
Young forward Thomas Allan was around the first-team squad during pre-season and could be another youngster to be handed an opportunity to impress Steve Bruce later this month and beyond.
Steve Bruce recently revealed that Yoshinori Muto has impressed him since arriving at St James’ Park, so it looks as if he’ll get the nod to stake his claim to the boss in the EFL Cup.
Many have predicted big things for Elias Sorensen in the coming years. The 19-year-old could make a first senior appearance for the Magpies in the competition and could be a regular if Newcastle progress into the latter stages.