Newcastle have a massive opportunity to settle some of the tension on Tyneside with a win against Norwich on Saturday.
While the performance against Arsenal was a mixed bag, the team is still working to get comfortable with Steve Bruce, his tactics, and each other.
Alan Shearer in his Sun article this past weekend rated Newcastle’s overall performance as poor. Though he did recognize some positives from the game, he saw problems with Newcastle in the final third.
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson did see the same issues; however, he thinks Newcastle will do well against Norwich on Saturday.
This is a bit of what Lawro has said about Newcastle in his prediction of a 1-2 victory for the visiting Magpies:
The Magpies could maybe have done a bit more going forward but, although I think Steve Bruce is going to take a bit of time to work out what his best team is, I don’t think they are going to struggle.
Mark believes that the way Norwich City played against Liverpool on Friday is going to be a big problem for them this season. He described their defending as being at a “League One” standard.
We thought Norwich City were very naive against Liverpool and paid the price. However, this is the way Norwich manager Daniel Farke is going to have them play. If Farke had Norwich play that open away to Liverpool, then Steve Bruce will know what he faces on Saturday.
It will be interesting to see if Bruce tries to get out on the front foot against Norwich or plays a more counter-attacking style away from home. We get the impression that he will try to take it to Norwich so we can expect a very open game.
Mark Lawrenson recognizes that it is still early goings for Newcastle at this point. Steve Bruce does not know what his best eleven are, and there are still five new signings to bed into the squad.
A 1-2 win away would be just fine with us. Even better would be if Joelinton and Almiron were both able to get their first goals for the club. That would further help to ease some of the pressure our two strikers as well as Steve Bruce.