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Steve Bruce tells Sky Sports: “Hopefully over the winter months it can get better”

1 year ago

Steve Bruce has been talking to Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s match

Newcastle currently in the relegation zone and set to play a number of winnable games, according to the NUFC Head Coach.

Bruce having said earlier this week that after a tough opening schedule, Newcastle will now be playing teams who he expect to be ‘in and around’ NUFC this season.

The next four matches are against clubs currently occupying the positions tenth to thirteenth, starting with 13th placed Wolves.

No prizes for guessing where Newcastle United need to improve most, only five goals in nine games and if the Magpies fail to score on Sunday, it will be the lowest number of goals in the club’s entire history to be scored in the first 10 league matches.

This season, Newcastle have averaged under 32% possession, average only 20 passes played into the opposition penalty area each game, whilst on average Newcastle players only have a combined 12 touches of the ball each match in the penalty area, with only 21 efforts on target in nine matches, it is almost a positive they have even managed the five goals.

Asked about the lack of goals and indeed even creating chances, Steve Bruce says ‘Hopefully over the Winter months it can get better.’

Well what has become clear is that Bruce’s overly negative tactics are severely impacting on the attacking threat.

The NUFC Head Coach points to the age and lack of Premier League experience of the summer signings: ‘We always knew that they were young and would need time to settle. Hopefully the great thing is they can get better and learn very very quickly.’

However, this is exactly the problem Newcastle fans flagged up, instead of buying players who have a goals pedigree and/or Premier League experience, a claimed £60m has been paid out on Joelinton and ASM who have neither.

Rondon and Perez scored 23 of the 41 PL goals scored by NUFC players (there was also an own goal) last season and with no other reliable PL goalscorers in the squad, it looked a massive gamble. Especially when Andy Carroll also arrives injured and is rarely, if ever, fully fit.

In summer 2015, Newcastle paid out over £50m on two 20 year olds, a 22 year old and a 24 year old. Only the then 24 year old Gini Wijnaldum showed enough that season and he was older and far more experienced then the other three.

Hopefully things will get better over the winter months…?

Well here’s hoping we can see a plan very soon that is based on more than just hope.

Steve Bruce talking to Keith Downie from Sky Sports:

“We have got to be a bit more clinical at the top end.

“We have got to try and find that.

“We got ourselves in some good positions against Chelsea and didn’t capitalise on them.

“So that is what we will have to work on.

“Hopefully over the Winter months it can get better.”

Keith Downie:

“Does the lack of goals concern you?”

Steve Bruce:

“Of course.

“It is the area where it is most important and to be fair, we have spent a right few quid in that area.

“We always knew that they were young and would need time to settle.

“Hopefully the great thing is they can get better and learn very very quickly.”


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