This predicted Newcastle team v Arsenal has one big problem
Whisper it quietly but we are now only 17 days away from seeing the Newcastle team v Arsenal, that Steve Bruce selects for the opening match.
A chaotic summer has seen Joelinton at last arrive as Newcastle’s first signing of the summer this week.
With only two weeks now to prepare, it isn’t ideal, but the 22 year old will surely lead the line when the new season kicks off.
Is it fair to assume that apart from the new record signing, Steve Bruce will be relying on this existing squad of players when picking his Newcastle team v Arsenal?
The smart money has to be saying yes, for two reasons.
Even if one or more new signings are announced very soon, they will have next to no time to properly integrate into the team/squad by Sunday 11 August.
Joelinton has to play because as it stands we have nobody else to play as the central striker BUT there would be no essential reason to throw any new signings straight in. It would have of course been very much preferable to have better quality available in a number of positions but a lack of urgency and ambition has ensured that hasn’t happened.
So as it stands, this is how I see the Newcastle team v Arsenal on the opening day:
I think the one thing that really jumps out at you with this line-up is goals, or rather, a lack of them.
Between them they only scored 11 Premier League goals last season – Schar (4), Clark (3), Ritchie (2), Hayden (1), Shelvey (1). Newcastle of course losing both Rondon and Perez who scored 23 of the 42 PL goals last season.
Almiron’s promise will now hopefully see goals added to his all round teamwork, whilst hopefully Joelinton will improve on his seven in the Bundesliga last season. It will help him moving back into the middle after playing on the right for Hoffenheim last season.
Jack Colback managed only three for Forest last season in 38 Championship starts and indeed the 29 year old has only scored nine Premier League goals in his entire career.
We really need goals from all over the team, especially if serious investment isn’t made in more goalscorers.
Sean Longstaff could of course start rather than Colback but I think that is unlikely as he is still maybe a little bit off the pace as he recovers from injury. He has shown in the past at a lower level (nine for League One Blackpool) that he can score goals but so far only has the one Premier League goal at Newcastle.
Ki Sung-yeung is another possible starter but he has yet to score for Newcastle and indeed has only scored two PL goals in the past three years.
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