An ‘Exclusive’ claims major transfer action for Newcastle United – Report
Sunday morning has brought an ‘Exclusive’ claiming significant transfer business in prospect for Newcastle United.
The report claims: ‘Exclusive: Newcastle United plotting major rebuild.’
However, the actual details don’t exactly live up to the hype.
The Chronicle claims that Newcastle are targeting a new striker, central midfielder and a winger.
However, when you read on, they then admit that this would be likely to happen not in January but next summer, if at all.
Newcastle United are desperately in need of creativity and goalscorers now, with the depressing stats this season showing NUFC having the lowest possession, chances created and efforts on target, of all clubs in the Premier League.
Steve Bruce’s very negative tactics don’t help but there are serious questions about the transfer business last summer.
Mike Ashley forced Rafa Benitez out of the club, then sold Ayoze Perez and refused to allow any bid to be made for player of the season Salomon Rondon – Newcastle losing their only two goalscorers.
In the summer, the priorities were to bring in two reliable goalscorers and two quality wing-backs – essential when playing with the three centre-backs.
A disaster to not invest in the two quality wing-backs, instead paying a budget £5m for Krafth who is nowhere near good enough and inferior to both Yedlin and Manquillo, whilst Willems is poor in defence and doesn’t look good enough. He has been involved in a few positive moments such as his goal at Liverpool and the assist for Matty Longstaff against Man Utd but that doesn’t make up for his poor to average overall play. Once again he is inferior to what Newcastle already had in Matt Ritchie.
As for the ‘plan’ in the summer with strikers, Mike Ashley at last got his way in signing Joelinton for £40m after Rafa had previously blocked it, whilst signing Andy Carroll only made any sense if you had the luxury of not needing another striker who could be relied on regularly to play and score goals.
Even though the Chronicle are still playing along with the idea of Steve Bruce having a say on who is signed, Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley made clear that the summer signings had all been set up before he even arrived.
Which brings us back to the problems at the club.
Is Steve Bruce good enough for the job? Who decides which players are signed?
I don’t rate Steve Bruce but it is a massive problem when a manager/head coach has no say on which players are signed and I think we are clearly seeing how serious an issue this is, Steve Bruce handed a £40m signing and he doesn’t seem to have a clue as to how to get the best out of him and indeed any plan at all on how Newcastle are going to try and even create chances, never mind score goals.
If Rafa Benitez had stayed and been allowed the freedom to buy who he wanted, there is no way Newcastle would be in this total mess. At the end of last season Newcastle scored 21 goals in their final 13 games and picked up 21 points in them.
Rafa had at last been allowed to buy a player for more than £10m since promotion and Miguel Almiron was excellent when he came in, helping Newcastle to play far better football and score more goals. Steve Bruce doesn’t have a clue what to do with Almiron and has made him look so poor in his ‘system’, whatever that is…
Obviously Rafa would have signed player of the season Rondon and either kept Perez or identified a replacement who would complement Rondon and Almiron in that attacking trio that worked so well. Then with proper money spent on two quality wing-backs, you would have them helping the attack as well as defend, getting the ball into the box and creating chances and goals.
Instead we have this current negative mess of simply defending the entire match and hoping to somehow create a chance on the odd foray up the pitch.
Newcastle are in the relegation zone and if we are honest, it could/should have been a lot worse as the team have been really lucky to pick up as many as eight points when the team so rarely get in the opposition box and create chances.
Is the problem Steve Bruce, the tactics, the formation, the players, or most worryingly, all of those things.
It isn’t all doom and gloom because despite the minimal attacking threat Newcastle have managed to get those eight points BUT there needs to be a significant improvement going forward, as relying on clean sheets and sneaking the odd goal to get any points is a plan doomed to failure.
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