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I had two fears with Steve Bruce and one of them is already obvious

1 year ago
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After the win against St Etienne, Steve Bruce has been accentuating the positives.

Handily glossing over the negatives with regards to his striking options ahead of the new season.

Here we have a manager that nobody wanted in the hot seat 15 years ago.

Now, after only a fortnight in the job, he’s already giving me huge cause for concern.

“We are ok for strikers . . ok in that department.

“I’ve got five there.

“Very very pleased.”

Now, I’m fully aware it’s the job of the manager (sorry, Head Coach) to big up situations and spin things into a plus, but Steve Bruce is currently being very economical with the truth, either that or he’s completely barmy.

Let’s look at the options. Dwight Gayle has, in the past, scored 21 goals over THREE Premier League seasons, Yoshinori Muto has one. The rest of our forward line don’t have a single Premier League goal to fall back on. Is this really a situation that someone of our head coach’s experience can be ‘very pleased’ with? There seems to be a massive leap of faith going into Joelinton, so good luck fella.

Now, I didn’t want to be negative for negative’s sake as it gets quite repetitive on this site, albeit with good reason, but a little bit of realism MUST be added to the mix, especially if the professional in the situation is going to attempt to pull the wool over people eyes. I hoped that Steve Bruce would still remain professional even if I think he’s delusional.

His protestations that he’s not a patsy or a puppet are false. The signings made are NOT his – Fact! Only an idiot would say that he signed off on them.

He’s probably in dreamland that he has the players he has to work with in fairness but let’s assume that things might be rosy this season even with evidence pointing against it.

Let’s look at a way it could all go right for the team this season amidst all the negative stuff.

Joelinton is a gamble, a MASSIVE gamble. He was only valued at around £20m by Rafa Benitez and the club have paid £40m (if you believe them). Personally, I’m inclined to think he’s probably worth somewhere in the middle but let’s say he goes out and gets 15 goals. He would be deemed a success wouldn’t he? I’d like to think that £40m would get you more than 15 goals but in the Premier League today 15 goals will have to do.

Bruce played Joelinton up front against St Etienne with Almiron behind him so I’m hedging my bets that he’s going to play one up front quite a bit when the season kicks off proper and with that we must hope that both players start banging them in pretty sharpish. Our survival depends on it.

Those five strikers have to get 20+ goals between them that we’ve shipped out in Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez and that’s just to stand still from where we were last season. Anyone confident on that?

Anyone thinking we are better off than at this stage last year is bending the truth in much the way Bruce is.

Without a world class manager and being down by 20+ goals is a massive worry that you can’t just skirt over and brush to one side. Steve Bruce can make as many positive comments as he likes about the options he has up front but they simply don’t stand up to scrutiny.

If our defence isn’t sh.. hot this coming season, if I were Steve Bruce I’d be bricking it, as the goals aren’t there.

I had two fears with Steve Bruce.

The first was that he would be a puppet for the regime and treat the fans like mugs, like many of his predecessors did.

The second was, that he wouldn’t be up to the job as a manager/head coach.

He’s already doing the former and we’re in for a long slog this season if my reservations are proved correct about the latter…

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