Alan Shearer now says after two games that Steve Bruce could take Newcastle United down
Alan Shearer was desperate for one of his best mates to NOT take the Newcastle United job this summer.
The NUFC legend telling Steve Bruce that for all kinds of reasons it was a chance that should be turned down, particularly because of Mike Ashley’s ongoing presence.
On Saturday night, it was difficult for Alan Shearer, he chose his words carefully on MOTD, slating the team but avoiding mentioning Steve Bruce.
However, now the former number nine has been talking more expansively about the situation as it now looked.
Alan Shearer stating: ‘Before the season, I thought there might be three worse teams than Steve Bruce’s side.’
However, after watching these opening two defeats and NUFC already in the relegation zone, he now says ‘I think relegation is a real possibility.’
The travelling Newcastle fans were ominously quiet on Saturday as they watched a terrible performance unfold.
Alan Shearer states that Newcastle United deserved that ‘hiding’ from newly promoted Norwich and as for reasons why it happened: ‘Newcastle were very poor defensively, had no creativity in midfield and there was nothing up front.’
Indeed, only Martin Dubravka came out of it with any credit, making a series of excellent saves that kept it from getting really embarrassing.
It is impossible for the comparisons not to be made and Shearer says: ‘Rafa Benitez’ strength when he was in charge was making the team well-organised and, at times, difficult to beat’, something that was definitely not in evidence at Carrow Road.
There is little sign so far that there are many goals in this Newcastle team/squad and fans were concerned that after allowing most of the goals from last season to leave in the summer (of the players still at the club, they only scored 15 PL goals for NUFC last season out of a total of 42), that no proven goalscorers were brought in this summer.
Joelinton having a best ever season of eight goals in Austria, Allan Saint-Maximin six in Ligue 1, whilst Andy Carroll has never managed double figures in a league season since leaving Newcastle eight and a half years ago and is hardly ever fit and available anyway.
With injuries to all three – Joelinton still being assessed apparently, Muto could be the sole striker on Sunday at Spurs, having only scored once last season.
At least in the short-term, if Newcastle are to start picking up points it looks as though it is essential to get that excellent defensive Rafa era defensive discipline back on track, a record that saw only two clubs outside the top four concede less goals than NUFC in both 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Talksport quoting Alan Shearer from The Sun:
“I am really worried about what I have seen so far from Newcastle and I think relegation is a real possibility.
“Before the season, I thought there might be three worse teams than Steve Bruce’s side.
“But on the evidence of two matches, I’m definitely concerned.
“Against Norwich, Newcastle were also all over the place defensively and they got what they deserved, a hiding.
“Rafa Benitez’ strength when he was in charge was making the team well-organised and, at times, difficult to beat.
“But at Carrow Road, Newcastle were very poor defensively, had no creativity in midfield and there was nothing up front.
“At the moment, there is no partnership at all between Joelinton, who is now injured, and Miguel Almiron.
“They are playing as individuals. Almiron needs to realise he is a forward, or be put on the wing.
“I understand he wants to do his bit defensively and help the team but he needs to let others do their job and get forward so he can cause damage.
“Almiron has started 11 games and there is a reason he hasn’t scored. He seems to want to stay deep and get the ball and run, not get in the box.
“Things are getting no easier for Newcastle as they play Tottenham away next week.
“Whether you like it or not, there is a war going on between the owner and the fans and I totally understand why fans are frustrated, I’ve been as vocal as anyone against the owner.
“That being said, it is not helping anybody and there are a lot of people caught in the middle of it, including Bruce.”
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