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Does anybody know exactly what this Plan B was for Newcastle United?

10 months ago
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As the season was due to kick off for Newcastle United, I pointed to the fact that the Steve Bruce managerial career stats were shocking.

Let’s be honest, there is not a game this season that suggests in any way they are misleading.

Take Saturday’s game.

If like me you watched this debacle of a game, by the time the 90 mins were up I would rather have lain on a bed of nails than watch that again.

Having discovered a system to play on the break with our speedy skilful players, when they are not available Newcastle United have no plan B.

Just look at the games this year – Burnley, Aston Villa and Leicester to name but three, useless boring inept performances, even our wins have been fortunate at times.

There is just no excitement, no tingle of anticipation come game day, only the dread of witnessing another debacle.

Joelinton – a centre forward who is at best hopeless, a player with not one redeeming attribute to his name and remember Rafa refused Ashley’s request/order to buy him. I mean, £40m and never even looks likely to score a goal, or contribute anything, why he plays is beyond comprehension.

As for Atsu, some nine yards out on Saturday but declines to shoot. If you cannot shoot from this distance then what are you on the field for? Running around like a headless chicken bringing nothing to the team, his contribution is rated at best 4 or 5, what is the point?

I have said it all year, we are just not cohesive enough, cannot keep the ball.

Tactics as per plan B appear to be belt it up to Carroll or Joelinton who both have almost zero control, allied to an inability to keep the ball.

The signs are collectively not good, especially when I reflect on the great players and teams I have seen in the past.

Attendances are down by some 10,000 with now that many season tickets given away free, says it all really.

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