Newcastle United's loanees were not sold any promises but Steve Bruce believes Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Valentino Lazaro will improve with more game time.

Bruce repeatedly vowed to only sign players who would enhance his squad last month and, in a difficult market, the Magpies looked at individuals who were out of favour at their respective clubs.

Bentaleb had not played a first-team game for Schalke for nine months because of disciplinary issues; Rose had made just one league start under Jose Mourinho at Spurs; and Lazaro had only started four games at Inter Milan following his summer move from Hertha Berlin.

The trio were all keen to play at St James' Park - Lazaro and Rose were conscious of getting some game time ahead of Euro 2020 - but Bruce insists no promises were made to the club's loanees.

"No. They have come here to play but they're part of the squad of 20 other players," he told reporters ahead of the game against Burnley. "I have to pick a team that is capable of winning tomorrow so we'll see."

Bentaleb has started every game since joining Newcastle last month while Rose and Lazaro were both named in the starting line-up for the defeats against Arsenal and Crystal Palace.

Lazaro was sent off late on at Selhurst Park for a professional foul on Wilfried Zaha so will miss the game against Burnley. While Bruce is planning to make changes for the visit of Sean Dyche's side, Bentaleb and Rose could both still feature.

Bruce admits 'it's important' Newcastle get Bentaleb '20 yards up the pitch' and believes Rose 'will be fine' once he 'gets a few games under his belt'.

"Apart from Tino, the concern with the other two, especially Nabil, was game time," he said. "I do believe they will be better for the games and they will be fine. That's always the case when two of them, in particular, have not played a lot.

"Tino's a bit different because he had played the week before for Inter and last week I was delighted with Tino. I thought he played very well. Look, at an important time, when they came in, we were still short of bodies so they gave us that extra cover going forward from there."

Newcastle United player Valentino Lazaro was sent off for pulling back Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha

Regardless of whether Rose and Bentaleb start, you would expect Bruce to recall one or two members of the 'old guard' who have seen Newcastle over the line in recent years.

Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey will all hope to feature against Burnley and they have all been involved in some big games at St James' Park in recent years.

"Matt Ritchie has been here for three, four years now," Bruce added. "That goes with Jonjo, Isaac, Lascelles, Darlow, Dwight Gayle. There's a core of them that understand the club, that's for sure. I think they understand the demands of what it is.

"We've had a couple of bad results but that's what it is. You have to understand what it is. We're not alone in that. If you have a couple of bad results, whatever Premier League team you are, you come under the pump a little bit.

"Maybe more so here but that's when you have to show your mettle. The only way you can do it is by winning a couple of games. We have got a good opportunity this week. Let's try."