Steve Bruce said he couldn’t have been happier with the Newcastle United transfer business in the last transfer window.
The Head Coach adding that his team was always going to play ‘on the front foot’ rather than the supposed over the top negativity of Rafa Benitez.
Mike Ashley also said he was looking forward to Newcastle playing exciting attacking football, now he had a manager (head coach) who was more in tune with the NUFC owner.
Yet from day one we have seen a Newcastle United team that overall has been far more negative than anything we saw under Rafa Benitez.
Less chances created, less possession, less touches of the ball in the opposition penalty area and of course less goals.
Easy to forget that once Miguel Almiron arrived, Rafa was able to play far more attacking football as the Paraguayan teamed up with Perez and Rondon, Newcastle scoring 21 goals in their final 13 games and picking up 21 points. Almiron a real threat and opening things up for his teammates.
It is also easy to forget that in only the past nine months, Newcastle United have spent £80m on strikers/attacking players.
It can all become a bit lost…
So when you have spent £80m on your attacking trio of players, how can there be so few goals or even efforts on goal?
Have these signings proved to be a waste of money or else are there other factors to blame?
Money doesn’t always dictate stuff but Newcastle United had a right imbalance against Chelsea on Saturday:
£0m Longstaff (S)
£0m Longstaff (M)
So that is eight of the Newcastle starting eleven costing £20m in total, whilst the attacking trio costing £80m.
Yet Steve Bruce set his plans out to simply defend all game and hope for a goalless draw.
Especially bizarre when Chelsea have such a dodgy defence this season, they had averaged just a shade under two goals a game conceded in the Premier League (14 in 8 games) before Saturday and had conceded 19 in all competitions.
Surely it would have made sense to try and put Newcastle’s strongest part of the team (£80m of attacking talent) up against the weakest part of Chelsea’s team???
Rafa Benitez did a brilliant job in buying real value for money at the back in the likes of Dubravka and Schar in particular, showing you can buy defensive talent at bargain prices occasionally.
However, I refuse to believe that Newcastle’s attacking trio are as bad/limited as we are seeing at the minute. Apart from the odd run from Allan Saint-Maximin, which is quite literally all we have seen from him, ASM getting the ball and running and running with the ball on his own initiative, not part of some cohesive attacking plan.
Newcastle play so deep and there is so little adventure shown in committing numbers forward and/or supporting this trio, surely they need to be given their chance?
Why not push the team ten or twenty yards further up the pitch?
The average starting point for Almiron and ASM is far closer to Newcastle’s penalty area than the halfway line, no wonder NUFC have so little threat, especially with poor Joelinton so isolated.
I can now see there is every chance we might never see them get the opportunity, rather than changing his negative tactics we have seen Steve Bruce repeatedly change his starting eleven. I can well see Joelinton and/or Almiron getting dropped very soon, maybe as early as Sunday (Wolves at home) and Bruce rolling the dice and aimlessly throwing in one or more of Carroll, Atsu and Gayle instead.
If the head coach sticks with the negative tactics then nothing stands a chance of changing, no matter who he replaces in the team.
It is time to trust in this £80m strikeforce and belatedly give then the support and a chance to shine.