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Charlie Nicholas says this Newcastle United team are incapable of playing attacking football

5 days ago
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Newcastle United tend to bring out the extremes in certain people and Charlie Nicholas is one of them.

This season he has made some extreme statements about Newcastle United and before the West Ham game it was no different.

Despite only two wins in 11 games, Charlie Nicholas declared: ‘I think Steve Bruce has done a fabulous job at Newcastle.’

Then added: ‘Newcastle’s away record is good’, despite having lost four of the five away games.

Then after all of that, Nicholas predicted that NUFC would lose to a West Ham side that had won none of their last five games.

I think the most fitting description would be ‘chaos theory’ for Charlie Nicholas’ punditry, as none of it really makes sense or adds up.

This week the Sky Sports pundit is at it again ahead of Newcastle v Bournemouth, making some more ‘bold’ statements.

With perfect timing, Charlie Nicholas claims: ‘I know Steve Bruce likes to play attacking football but he cannot do so with this team.’ This coming straight after NUFC scored more than a single goal for the first time this season, three in fact, though they created enough chances just in the first half to have scored five or six!

Not finished there, he goes on to say about a team that have only had three victories in their 12 games this season: ‘If Newcastle win, they are heading towards the top end of the table.’

Hmmm, one step at a time I think.

After all that, Charlie Nicholas predicts Newcastle to score twice but not win…going for a 2-2 draw.

I’m not sure how much research he actually does before making his bold statements, as for the opposition he declares: ‘Bournemouth can go anywhere and play well, as shown with the Manchester United game.’ Yes the Cherries beat Man Utd last weekend but it was at home, not ‘anywhere’ else.

Charlie Nicholas points to Almiron and Saint-Maximin as players who now have to add an end product to their games and to be fair, this pair are almost certainly key to Newcastle’s chances on Saturday and the rest of the season.

Charlie Nicholas speaking to Sky Sports:

“The way Newcastle are going at the minute, you are thinking that these are winnable games for them.

“I know Steve Bruce likes to play attacking football but he cannot do so with this team.

“Miguel Almiron is like a little whippet who cannot slow down to finish.

“The fans love him as he is energetic, which I do like about him, but the other phases of his play need to come sharpish.

“Allan Saint-Maximin is skilful and unpredictable, while Jonjo Shelvey is back in the team.

“If Newcastle win, they are heading towards the top end of the table.

“Bournemouth can go anywhere and play well, as shown with the Manchester United game.

“They are a very dangerous side and will cause problems once again.

“Prediction is Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 2.”

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