Steve Bruce, the new Newcastle United manager, seems to be favouring a 3-5-2 formation as the start of the season edges closer.
This formation was used by Newcastle against West Ham and has been used ever since.
The starting XI last night against Hibernian – is thought to be not far off how Newcastle will lineup against Arsenal.
There are several exciting partnerships forming in Bruce’s new system – including the midfield three of Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, and Jonjo Shelvey.
However, the most interesting, and potentially lethal, is the combination of Miguel Almiron and Joelinton.
Joelinton, Newcastle’s new record signing, started for his new club for the first time last night – and he turned in a Man of the Match display against Hibernian.
Not only did he score his first goal for the club, but his all-round movement and positioning was excellent throughout.
Almiron, on the other hand, was full of tricks and direct running, but his finishing let him down – as he missed two golden opportunities to score his first Newcastle goal.
At the weekend, the Paraguayan missed a penalty, and he looks desperate to score.
However, despite this, the pace and ability that these two possess could lead to a devastating partnership.
Certainly, if Newcastle intend to play on the counter-attack, the speed and movement of Almiron and Joelinton could be a nightmare for defenders to deal with.
Newcastle also have arguably one of the best passers in the league – in Jonjo Shelvey.
If he could find the runs of both Almiron and Joelinton – then the Toon could have a lethal combination on their hands.
Bruce is also excited by Newcastle’s new partnership – and if he can get them both firing Newcastle could become an excellent counter-attacking side.