Charlie Nicholas needs to change the record as he discusses Newcastle United issues once again
Charlie Nicholas is repeating himself yet again.
The Sky Sports pundit making out that Newcastle United are the poor underdogs, with overwhelming issues in their squad holding them back.
Ahead of the win over Bournemouth two weeks ago, he claimed ‘I know Steve Bruce likes to play attacking football but he cannot do so with this team.’
This time Charlie Nicholas says ahead of Monday night at Aston Villa: ‘Steve Bruce wants to play better football but he has a lack of choices.’
Yet again you feel compelled to point out, the squad that Steve Bruce took over wasn’t a failing one, over the course of the final 28 games of last season NUFC had the eighth best Premier League form, the fifth best PL form of the final 16 matches.
Steve Bruce then said he couldn’t have been happier with the support he had in the summer transfer window, with around £65m spent on five signings and that included £60m on two attacking players, meaning £80m spent on Newcastle’s attacking trio.
Yes Steve Bruce deserves credit when Newcastle win a match but it isn’t any kind of a remarkable achievement against all odds, NUFC don’t have one of the weakest teams.
Newcastle United are also a stand alone club when it comes to so many pundits, in terms of everything always getting turned back on the supporters. Nicholas declaring: ‘Newcastle fans have to admit that this is a tough job and he (Steve Bruce) is having to battle through, which I think he has done superbly thus far.’
Once again, this is not an impossible job.
Interestingly, Charlie Nicholas does add: ‘Bruce may just be proving his point that he needs a couple of players. Mike Ashley may not be able to give him exactly what he wants but he could get a couple of loan deals or get one through the door if someone leaves.’
This is where the big test does regularly come, if things look on the up, Mike Ashley has repeatedly refused to build on any momentum in the past, whether it is after the promotions or the fifth place finish in 2011/12. History has shown he is far more likely to allow spending when Newcastle are struggling, to preserve Premier League status, rather than allowing investment when NUFC are on the up.
Aston Villa have been in the second tier for the past three years but Charlie Nicholas still predicts Newcastle will once again just try to defend deep and that Villa will end up winning.
Having added this £80m attacking trio, Steve Bruce and Newcastle should be looking to play further up the pitch and not rely on the opposition failing to take advantage of overwhelming possession.
I think this team is capable of better football and results, the last two games have been a start but Newcastle need to be a bit more expansive against a team that has lost their last three matches.
Charlie Nicholas talking to Sky Sports:
“I have been impressed with both of these sides.
“Steve Bruce wants to play better football but he has a lack of choices.
“Newcastle fans have to admit that this is a tough job and he is having to battle through, which I think he has done superbly thus far.
“Bruce may just be proving his point that he needs a couple of players.
“Mike Ashley may not be able to give him exactly what he wants but he could get a couple of loan deals or get one through the door if someone leaves.
“John McGinn is playing further forward and it is working a trick.
“Aston Villa need to nurture and control leads much better, and at times they leave themselves vulnerable.
“That being said, I have to admire the way Dean Smith goes about it.
“Villa is also Bruce’s old club and will sit in once again, but Villa will sneak it.
“There is enough about them to create enough chances.
“Prediction is Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 1.”
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