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Steve Bruce Hopeful This Player Can Provide Options For Newcastle

One of Steve Bruce’s strengths is that he is a very good man-manager. He has come into Newcastle and been able to handle the players very well.

We do give Bruce a lot of the credit for keeping players like Isaac Hayden and Martin Dubravka at the club. Both Isaac and Martin have been our standout performers in the two opening games this season.

Another player that Steve Bruce wanted to keep at Newcastle is striker Dwight Gayle. Dwight is a very different player to both Joelinton and Miguel Almiron in that he is a poacher who will find space in the box and pounce at chances that come his way.

He will stay high and not drop as deep as Joelinton has in his two appearances. He could possibly do a decent job for Newcastle this season. However, he is untested in the Premier League and has yet to prove he can consistently score goals in England’s top flight.

Dwight Gayle– can bring something different to the attack

Granted Gayle has never had a run of games to prove himself in the Premier League. He likely won’t get that opportunity this season either but could serve as a late-game substitute. Gayle could even prove useful if Bruce decides to deploy a more conventional target man/poacher partnership with Andy Carroll.

However, Dwight Gayle is most likely not going to be the answer to Newcastle’s scoring problems this season. He can definitely help out, but it is looking like goals are going to have to come from a collection of players this season.

If Joelinton is isolated up top and unable to link up play at 6’2″, what chance is Dwight Gayle going to have in this Newcastle team. We really feel Steve Bruce should have a rethink about the 3-5-2 formation he has been using so far.

Steve has made some comments about Gayle in the Chronicle and it looks like he may be available soon.

“On the last day in China we thought he was going to be OK. Then he had a setback.

“I hope he can get fit again.

“When I analysed the squad I know he’s capable of scoring a goal.

“If you are a Championship manager you’d take Dwight Gayle because he’s the best striker in the Championship.

“He must be able to contribute to the Premier League too.

“I hope he will be back before Andy Carroll.

“I said to the lad when all the talk of him moving was whirring away, that I’d tried to buy him.

“I’d never been able to afford him.

“But I tried to take him wherever I have gone in the Championship.”

The problem we have with these comments about Gayle is that they lack the awareness of the situation Steve Bruce finds himself in at the moment. He has tried to compliment Dwight Gayle, which is commendable but has basically described him as a Championship player. A Championship player who he can’t wait to finally get to work with.

He does provide the caveat that Gayle has to “contribute to the Premier League too.” However, Bruce really needs to be more mindful in choosing his words. While we agree that Dwight Gayle may be able to help Newcastle this season, the words Bruce has chosen to get his point across could draw unnecessary criticism his way.

We feel a bit for Steve at the moment as he is already being tipped to be one of the first managers sacked, while Newcastle have become one of the favorites for relegation. This is after just two games into the season.

Every decision he makes, every word he utters will be under scrutiny. We sympathize with him, but that is the job he has signed up for.

93 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Power to the people!!

  • toonbrother

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #2

    4 things
    /1.Bruce’s very presence demoralizes me
    Makes me ashamed to call myself a supporter of this club

    /2. The signing of Kraft makes zero sense since we already have two right backs

    /3. Joelington is a downgrade on Rondon

    /4. Perez was our best player.
    Without him 50% of our goals and 90% of our creativity is gone
    Its a shame NUFC fans did not appreciate him while he was with us

  • toonbrother

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #3

    The best line up we can put forward is this



    we need to abandon this ridiculous 5 man defence ASAP

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Almiron’s lack of goals or assists is a big worry for us if Bruce is gonna play 2 up top.

    We’d be better going 442, with Almiron and St Max as wingers, competing with Ritchie and Atsu. Joelinton, Carroll, Muto and Gayle competing up top.

    My preference is 343, but a front 3 of Joelinton, Almiron and St-Max looks a bit callow. Almiron, Carroll and Joelinton or St- Max looks better.

    I definitely think Bruce needs to ditch this impotent 352.

    Still appalled by the decision to drop Manquillo for Krafth, who might be a solid pro, but has shown nothing in his career to warrant coming in and being a walk up start, particularly for a player who has been progressing so well.

  • nufc 11

    Aug 18, 2019 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Heard that Peter Kenyon’s Quality Sports Agency owned a big portion of Joelinton’s 3rd party ownership and that kenyon brokered the deal with Mike Ashley directly for the Joelinton. If Mike Ashley paid 40million for Joelinton you can be sure that Peter Kenyon got a big cut out of the deal and payback for his diligent work last year being a willing accomplice in the whole fakeover of nufc story.

  • carltoon

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Nufc11 that sounds plausible.

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Sounds dodgy enough to be true

  • Just a fan

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #8

    I was a fan of Perez but to say he was our best player is a bit much
    We got thirty million for a fifteen million player.
    Haven said that I wish he had stayed

  • Reilly

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Steve Bruce: ‘The one thing in management I’ve always tried to instil into my team is we make mistakes, but I can’t forgive a performance where, basically, you don’t put your boots on.’

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Good team toon brother. The only one I’m not sure about is Willems. He seems to be 5 years past his best. What about Ritchie at left back?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Nufc 11 interesting stuff.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d say we got 30m for a 45m player. He’s capable of doing better in an attacking pressing team.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Well we have a new northeastern family in the hotel. Sadly my toon shirt is in the laundry at home after 5 a side so I csnt wear it to smoke them out. The accent sounds more full though, so probably geordies. Hope so anyway.

  • dougie

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #14

    I fail to see how Bruce is a good man manager,where’s the proof of that.The man has the 2nd worst record in Premier League history.Go figure!The shits hit the fan simple as that.Hes a fcuking loser and he proves it time and again.We are going down and it’s for the best,hopefully for a couple of year and the parasite will fcuk off.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Kraths a strange one. He’s of similar quality to Yedlin and Manquillo. All on the lower side of average for our league. I’m guessing he is more of a conventional fullback and has been brought in so we can play 4 at the back if necessary. I think benitez would have argued yedlin and manquillo forced him into only being able to play with wing backs.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Manquillo is better than that TnMW. I’ll have a little gentleman’s wager with you that of the 3 Manquillo will be the one to find another level, probably at another club.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #17

    6 sh** fullbacks is a waste of squad places, especially when you could say we still need to buy 2 fullbacks! Especially if we want this system to work. Instead of 6 mediocre ones, we should get two great ones and have two youths as backup.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #18

    I do agree on Perez though. Leicester have acquired a top player there for far less than his actual worth, very much at our expense. We need him more than they do.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ll not take that Nicky. Hevseems the best ofvthe lot. Yedlin is all about pace and that will wane so he’s not going to improve. And I’m not sure about Krath. Willems peaked as a teenager. Dummets too limited. And Ritchie’s doing OK. I’d swap all six for phillip Max or either of Norwich’s young wingbacks.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #20

    You’d play Dummett left back in a back four surely, and probably Lascelles and Fernandez in the middle, probably Krafth on the other side.

    Back 3 of Schar, Lascelles and Lejeune worked so well because of those pinged cross field balls by Lejeune and Schar for the advancing wingbacks hugging the touchline. Not sure Bruce is even aware of how well that worked for us. Dummett really can’t do that for us, and haven’t seen Schar ping one for Ritchie since last term.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Lejuene will make a difference, but hes not going to fill that 30 goal gap I see in this team. I’m not even sure we have any promising goal scoring or creative youths to come through. I’d probably have Matty on the bench now. He could fill the Perez hole.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #22

    We’ve gone from aiming for the top 8 to praying for 17th with roughly the same squad. And the only way that’s possible is if Bruce goes quickly and Charnley uses his vast knowledge of football managers to find the next Farke from Germany.

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #23


    They all crawl out of the wood work
    After keeping their heads down all day

    Everyone on the night shift then ?

    Hiya KBA

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Charnley should just quit, and leave the area. He’s forever tainted now for his part in the loss of Rafa, and beside that he’s hopeless in the job anyway. I’ll be amazed if the crowd doesn’t start going for him.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 19, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #25

    We need to play a higher line too, looking to constantly win the ball back in their half, with Dubravka being a proper sweeper keeper. A nice tight compressed compact unit with and without the ball. We tend to play too deep and invite the opposition on. Win the ball, and play in their half. We’ll get beat, but we’ll win too, and it’ll more enjoyable to watch.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #26



  • toon22

    Aug 19, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #27

    It’s never Jabbas fault

    Is it

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 19, 2019 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Bleatin’ n Bruced

    “the avaricious walrus”

    That made me smile first thing this morning.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #30

    If you hear a Lee Charnley is a w@nker is a w@nker Nicky, you know I’ve started it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #31

    down at White Heart Lane next week.

  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #32

    white hart ffs

  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #33

    and they aren’t there any more

  • toon22

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Hiya JIB

    Poor show from the night shift last night
    Your going to have to pick up the pace

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #35

    I hope mo one expects Bruce to be sacked and replaced with a competent manager.

    Bruce is here to take us down and TRY to get us back up.

    No one is coming to save Ashley or the club, that ship has sailed.

  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #36

    You complained earlier about McClaren’s massive ego
    There is no football manager in the world without
    a massive ego (even your manlove Rafa) they all
    think they can do a job anywhere.
    Whining about SM having an ego is like being annoyed
    about Arkle or Red Rum having 4 legs

  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #37

    My team for Spurs
    Manquillo Lascelles Clark/Fernandez Dummett
    Schar Hayden
    Ritchie Ki Shelvey

    Park the bus and hope Miggy’s speed gives us something

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #38

    I’d go 442 with the players we have

  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #39

    Our CB’s had no toon player attempting to break up the
    Norwich midfield in front of them.

  • toon22

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #40


    We are in this mess due to Jabbas ego

    Simple as



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