What pundits are failing to pick up on with Steve Bruce this season
I read the recent article on The Mag regarding whether Rafa Benitez would be praised for this season’s form after similar summer investment, if he was still in charge (see relevant article here).
Rafa would not have been praised and pundits would have expected Newcastle United to be doing much better if he was still in charge.
I think what pundits are failing to pick up on and recognise, is that Steve Bruce has inherited a well organised group of players coached by Rafa and his team for three seasons and he (Bruce) is now reaping the rewards.
This won’t last forever!
I don’t think Rafa’s team would have conceded three against Norwich and five against Leicester.
Newcastle may have more points on the board this season (compared to the same stage last season) after summer investment but their goal difference currently this season vs last season is four worse, having conceded five more goals and only scoring one more goal in these first 14 games.
This is with a £40 million striker now up front…
After Wednesday evening’s Premier League fixtures, Newcastle now sit only two points above the relegation zone, with a tough game against Sheffield United tonight.
Steve Bruce appears to have the backing of the players and seems to have had luck on his side since taking over his boyhood club.
I really hope that this luck continues and gets Newcastle as close to safety as soon as possible.
However, I believe there is every chance that things will change, that luck will run out for Steve Bruce, and Newcastle will find themselves in a similar situation to previous seasons, only with a less capable manager in charge.
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