Simon Jordan leaps to the defence after Steve Bruce says one thing but does opposite
Simon Jordan is at it again.
The rent a quote Talksport pundit racing to the defence of his mate Steve Bruce.
The Newcastle United Head Coach yet again caught out saying one thing but doing another.
Simon Jordan saying it was perfectly understandable and indeed ‘sensible’ to ‘rotate’ some Newcastle players.
However, Simon Jordan massively downplaying it, saying that what Steve Bruce ‘rotated specifically’ was Allan Saint-Maximin, Joe Willock and Callum Wilson.
The reality is that Bruce promised to play a ‘strong’ team before this Burnley match and once again claimed he was committed to trying to compete in the cup competitions, yet then proceeded to not just leave out a few key attacking players, instead Steve Bruce played an almost entire second team. All first choice Premier League outfield players were left out with the exception of Jamaal Lascelles, the only NUFC outfield player to have started the Villa and Burnley matches. Sean Dyche still in the League Cup after changing ‘only’ five of his ten outfield players.
This has gone on from day one with Steve Bruce, when he arrived he promised that his Newcastle team would be always on the ‘front foot’, only for reality to be NUFC fans subjected to the most overwhelmingly boring negative football they’ve ever seen, in the vast majority of matches.
When Steve Bruce arrived in July 2019, he promised to take the cup competitions as seriously as the Premier League, yet his first ever cup match was a defeat to Leicester (two changes) in the League Cup after he (Bruce) made seven changes.
Last season (2020/21) was more of the same, a massive ten changes at this stage of the League Cup a year ago when Newcastle very lucky to beat Blackburn with their only shot on target, then next game nine changes when playing Morecambe.
Simon Jordan speaking to Talksport:
“I can understand the Burnleys and Newcastles of the World rotating because they don’t have the biggest squads.
“What they rotated specifically, Newcastle, is their creative talent.
“They’ve taken [Allan] Saint-Maximin, they’ve taken [Joe] Willock and they’ve taken Callum Wilson out of the line-up.
“When you take those three out of the line-up, you lose probably the ability to score goals.
“So, it was no surprise to see that Newcastle didn’t land any blows on Burnley in their cup tie.
“I think rotation, is in part, sensible.
“It’s dicey if you want to win the EFL Cup.
“It’s irrelevant if you don’t.”
“But Steve Bruce has said that cups are important, ‘we want to win one’, now they are out of one.”
“That is also true.
“But what it shows you, is probably, and Newcastle fans will have stronger views on this than me…if you take Callum Wilson, if you take Joe Willock out, and you take Saint-Maximin out, they haven’t got a lot.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 (Burnley win 4-3 on penalties) – Wednesday 25 August 7.45pm
Possession was Burnley 46% Newcastle 54%
Total shots were Burnley 6 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Burnley 1 Newcastle 3
Corners were Burnley 4 Newcastle 9
Referee: Oliver Langford
Woodman, Manquillo (Saint-Maximin 76), Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Sean Longstaff, Hendrick, Fraser (Almiron 83), Joelinton, Gayle (Willock 76)
Gillespie, Matty Longstaff, Schar, Murphy
(Newcastle v Burnley match highlights and all ten penalties – Watch them HERE)
(Sean Dyche loving taking a ‘sneaky one’ as reflects on win over Newcastle United – Read HERE)
(Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Wednesday’s defeat on penalties – Read HERE)
(Match Report: Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – ASM and Almiron fail as NUFC lose in penalty shootout – Read HERE)
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