Steve Bruce admits Newcastle are already preparing for rotation over a busy Christmas period.
The festive schedule is often unforgiving, with the Magpies set to play seven games over the next month.
But Bruce believes ‘having a bit of freshness’ will be key to maintaining any sort of form.
“Certainly over the next few weeks we’ll have to change things,”
“When you look towards Boxing Day then the 28th – it’s a ridiculous schedule.
“We’ll have to adapt and have a bit of freshness when needed which is always the difficult part.”
Newcastle travel to high-flying Sheffield United on Thursday.