During his press conference today, Steve Bruce covered a wide range of topics. One that has come up again is the Jetro Willems introduction into the match for Jonjo Shelvey.
Craig Hope wrote a column after the game about the chaotic few minutes following this substitution. He also linked this confusion to the mistake for Arsenal’s deciding goal. It was a well-articulated piece but caused a bit of a storm.
The buck stops with Steve Bruce after clumsy introduction of Jetro Willems (who did not know where he was playing) disrupts NUFC rhythm before ragged final half hour https://t.co/vs1zHUuJ4q
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) August 11, 2019
This article led to an angry response from Steve Bruce’s son Alex on Twitter. Alex Bruce later deleted those tweets.
This is how Steve Bruce explained what happened with that substitution.
“I put Jetro on in midfield where he played for Frankfurt. Then I thought it was unfair. Then I switched him quickly. We made a mistake.”
We think a lot has been made of this situation, and like a lot of other issues at Newcastle, it is time to move on. If you rewatch the game, Willems was settled in at left wing-back when he failed to move towards Paul Dummett’s risky pass. Whether his stint in midfield had anything to do with his mistake is anyone’s guess.
It’s time to move forward to Norwich City now and put the Arsenal game in the rearview mirror. We hope to see some improvement at Carrow Road in a significant match for Newcastle.