Has Steve Bruce stumbled on a system to squeeze the best out of this Newcastle United squad?
Well I have to say I am astounded at the success of this Newcastle United squad / team in recent games.
Playing to one of the few strengths we have in terms of lightning attacks on the break, has reaped rich rewards with Glorious Maximus and Mighty Almiron, in my opinion, leading the charge, playing superbly in tandem.
It must also be said once again, we have an outstanding keeper who in whatever situation he finds himself in, produces stunning performances to keep us in the games. Without his skills and applied concentration over 90 mins, we would have far less points.
Standing bravely in front of our last line of defence we now appear to have a most accomplished defensive set-up – whichever combination of centre-backs and full-backs we send out, they undoubtedly know their jobs and have the assistance of the two midfielders ahead of them. The defensive set-up is really quite potent, hopefully it will remain so .
Let’s turn our attention to more pressing matters though.
As I have said many times, stats do not lie and they highlight our Achilles heel.
The possession stats are regularly in the percentage range of twenties to low thirties, last night was 27% (as per BBC Sport).
This demonstrates that we have problems in:
A) Retaining the ball to constructively formulate attacks and…
B) Our fire power up front is lacking a cutting edge.
Let’s be honest here, Joelinton and Carroll, even combined, have the speed of a sloth, whilst their skill levels and awareness are seriously depleted.
Try as they might they are not the answer, as both/all our other attacking players pass them going up and down the pitch, so cumbersome it’s painful to watch.
Let’s be honest, Steve Bruce has stumbled on a system to squeeze the best out of this Newcastle United squad, a system most supporters knew basically from day one.
However, if we lose just two or three of our most influential players, what happens then?
Can anyone see a plan B or even plan C?
Maybe the answer will reveal itself in the January transfer window, we most certainly will need reinforcements up front and in midfield,.
So let’s all hold our breath and see who will be Steve Bruce’s first signings, provided Mike Ashley follows through with his pre-season promises to back his guy.
Exciting, exhilarating, or our normal anti-climactic damp squib period .
We’re at least temporarily not biting our nails in relegation fears, so here’s to a belting great Magpie Christmas with a points and performance improvement in the new year.
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