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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Steve Bruce has admitted that 'difficult conversations' will have to take place at the end of the season to decide whether Andy Carroll and Newcastle United's other out of contract players will be kept on. Bruce is due to sit down with Newcastle's hierarchy later this month and the futures of Carroll, Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummett will be among the matters discussed. It would be a huge surprise if the Magpies did not trigger the one-year option to extend Dummett's contract while Fernandez is a huge favourite of Bruce's and would love to stay at the club. Carroll's situation, however, is a little more complex. Although Carroll has already made as many appearances as he did in the whole of last season, the towering striker has only started six games this term. Read More Related Articles Newcastle's ideal transfer profile revealed and the Aston Villa warning sent by Steve Bruce Read More Related Articles What 'big' Newcastle conversations will decide this month as transfer targets already discussed Also, four of Carroll's last five cameos for Newcastle have come in the 88th minute or later and it remains to be seen whether the Gateshead native will get considerably more game time after Callum Wilson was ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a hamstring injury. "Those are the conversations which we will have," Bruce told reporters on Zoom. "I've got various ones who are knocking on the door - Andy being one of them. Dwight Gayle is another one, Joelinton is another one, so let's hope I pick the right one because it's going to be a big ask against Man City. "As I said, all them difficult conversations will be had at the end of the season." Newcastle welcome the newly-crowned champions to St James' Park on Friday night and the Magpies will be hoping to build on a superb display at high-flying Leicester last time out. Pep Guardiola and Steve Bruce on the touchline during Man City's game against Newcastle United at the Etihad on December 26, 2020 Bruce's side have picked up as many points (10) in their past five Premier League games as they managed in their 15 matches prior to this run but they will have to be at their very best to take something from this fixture - even if Pep Guardiola is set to ring the changes.
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. “Look, I worked under arguably the best manager ever, but you have to say now out of everyone who's working now, this fella, Pep, is quite unbelievable in his appetite, how he plays the game and his influence on the young coaches. "Playing out from the back from the goalkeeper for a start is all driven, for me, by Pep. I was watching Ipswich's youth team against Liverpool's youth team yesterday and the influence of Pep - even the young coaches who take that to the under-18 teams - was pretty evident. The two centre-backs were splitting on the edge of the box, you play a one-two in your own box....the impact is quite unbelievable.
“In my time, Arsene Wenger had a big impact - Sir Alex, of course, was huge - but in terms of style of play and what he wants to play then Pep stands out as an unbelievable manager. “He's got a group of players together who are quite simply as good as you're going to see."
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