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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

  • toon22

    Aug 19, 2019 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #41

    The traitor hasn’t s clue and hasn’t s chance of fixing the mess we are in

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  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #42

    I wonder if too22’s emails to Chi Onwurah start
    Hiya Jeremy
    ha ha ha

    (not that I believe for a second he has sent any)

    3
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #43

    Ron’s mention of SF books the other day got me thinking
    about one of my favourites – George Orwell’s 1984

    toon22’s posts are very reminiscent of Big Brothers constantly
    repeated slogans

    War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

    1
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 19, 2019 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #44

    See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil.

    Must be the way foward, sticking your head in the sand works for a Emu it might work for Magpies.

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 19, 2019 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #45

    In one breath, Steve Bruce said he could not question the desire of his Newcastle players, in the next he was accusing them of not even putting their boots on.

    It is this scrambled thinking, the mixed messages and a sense of being overwhelmed by the job he has inherited which have accentuated a feeling of impending crisis, even at this early juncture.

    Forget Rafa Benitez, Mike Ashley, protests and boycotts, the cause for concern among supporters and observers is entirely the making of Bruce and his players. (Craig Hope)

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  • c-dog

    Aug 19, 2019 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #46

    Just a fan
    Aug 18, 2019 at 11:06 PM
    Comment #8
    Toonbrother
    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

    And we have not replaced him adequately

    3
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #47

    Ron
    You do know Craig Hope is a Sunlun supporter ?
    He probably hates Bruce more than toon22

    1
  • hibbit

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #48

    i suspect Jibs trying to take the sting out of the Craig Hope article !!!!

    obviously hitting a nerve with that one Ron.

    16
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #49

    hibbit
    Do you think the coaches are entirely to blame
    for the dire performance at Carrow Road ?

    The players are not at fault at all?

    1
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #50

    Jib,
    Craig Hope isn’t a sunderland fan at all. He was briefly at Middlesbrough as a youth player, but was always a Newcastle fan, and regularly attended matches.

    16
  • c-dog

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #51

    Jib

    The players are not good enough to perform outside a system set up by a world class manager. To remain competitive in this league We either needed a world class manager or new squad. The hierarchy have delivered neither. The blame lies at their door.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #52

    Jib @49

    as it happens Jib i do think the coach/coaches have to take responsibility for that total inept performance,the players were ill prepared for that game in team tactics and set up and that’s the coaches job, i believe the lack of quality in Bruce and his staff has surprised and shocked the players and heads have gone down, He’s lost the dressing room through his sheer lack of quality and understanding of the modern game ,replacing Rafa with a dinosaur like Bruce is the biggest mistake Ashley’s ever made and will cost us as a club dearly.

    14
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #53

    Lilo
    All I can think of is
    He must bend over backwards to appear impartial
    cos he is certainly kinder to the mackems than us

    1
  • hibbit

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #54

    i suspect Jib is telling more porkies !!!!

    13
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #55

    Jib,
    I knew him through foorball growing up, and he was always a NUFC fan. Maybe it is possible that there isn’t much to be kind about?

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  • c-dog

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #56

    Hibbit

    Bruce certainly appears to have lost the dressing room. Worrying times.

    0
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #57

    hibbit
    you see you can do it !
    a very good response.
    So much better than accusing me of having some sort of regime supporting agenda

    1
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #58

    hibbitt
    Then disappointingly you revert to type – calling me a liar

    Lilo – Yea not too much at the moment even for the most
    die-hard fan

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #59

    I cant say Bruce has done much to impress on the pitch so far, but when rafa’s teams were awful, we had people like Jail screaming that the players were to blame, in order to shield his manlove, as jib described him. Charnley wont have a Plan B unless its Fat Sam so we might have to wait to see if we improve.

    1
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #60

    Football…. That’s what you get for switching off autocorrect

    0
  • c-dog

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #61

    Sam Allardyce would be a huge improvement on Bruce. I doubt he’d take the role.

    2
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #62

    Lilo
    I think you may have inadvertently invented a word
    for the opposite of hoofball
    Floorball
    😛

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #63

    Lil how did the arsenal corporate gig go? I hope u didnt tell them about the famous sjp atmosphere:)

    0
  • martoon

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #64

    Morning guys as an aside from the doom & gloom just a quick summary of the predictions you made.

    A total of 104 predictions were made (good effort by everyone) and running some mean/mode calculations:-

    We have an average position of 15th with 42 points reaching round 4 of both League & FA cup.

    For player of the season the most popular was Almiron selected by 36.5% followed by Hayden selected by 20.2% and then Longstaff selected by 15.4%

    Top goal scorer way out in front was Joelinton selected by 77.9% with an average of 11 goals and then second was Carroll selected by 7.7%.

    Make of that what you will but in the past I have found the averages to be not that far away from the actual ones come the end of the season!

    5
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #65

    I’ve still yet to see anything from a footbalking sense that convinced Charnley / Ashley to pursue Linton so aggressively at a price of 40 million … They are known to offer well below market rate for players yet push the boat out on an unproven striker that barely scored goals for Hoffenheim … Something smells about this for sure

    12
  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #66

    Jib yet again tries to dismiss a comment made from a journalist by categorising him as a Mackem. Lilongwe confirms that he is a true NUFC fan,as he knows him personally, and Craig Hope appears genuinely concerned that Steve Bruce’s bumbling, inadequate approach to being our manager is heading in one direction only as we are all fully aware.
    Obviously Jib is entitled to his views however misguided, but to use down tight lies and inaccuracies to make his case is not on.

    15
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #67

    Maroon – I think a lot of people would be changing their forecasts after the shower of shit we’ve seen so far

    4
  • martoon

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #68

    Mindshaft – I guess they would especially top goal scorer 😀
    Which is the reason why I do it at the start of the season when we’re all still full of optimism!

    4
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #69

    Mindshaft
    Agents and their dealings are the seedy side of football
    Ashley seems to love shady stuff and sailing close to the
    wind.
    If there is anything in accusations of artificially boosting a
    players value to funnel funds away from the club.
    The FA would have to do something about it

    2
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 19, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #70

    Travelling back from the game on Saturday I was so pissed off I reached into my pocket for my anti-depressants and found someone had stolen them…. well I hope they’re happy ..

    I’ll get my coat

    4
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #71

    The F.A are the most incompetent bunch of baffoons – do something about it, you mean like banning Allardyce and Redknapp from football – football is probably rotten to the core in respect of agents / fees / practices – highly unlikely the F.A will tarnish the golden egg the premier keeps laying for them

    4
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #72

    betty
    My lies are never down tight
    They are really loose
    😛

    1
  • Jib

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #73

    MIndshaft
    No
    They could penalise the club which would be hitting the fans
    not the main culprit

    0
  • simon376

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #74

    Martoon

    The best effort has been by you, thanks for doing this again and all the hard work

    5
  • lochinvar

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #75

    Dear Rafa was hardly svelte. Now we have Bruce and some are suggesting Allardyce. Then there’s Ashley that very model of a model overgrown turnip.

    Does like attract like ?
    We’re meant to be a football club that’s promoting fitness and health.

    About time for a slim manager.

    3
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #76

    Munster,
    They were Arsenal fans, they thought the ground was quite loud, and that we probably deserved a draw. Not sure I agree on either, but we were definitely the better team in the first half of the Arsenal game.

    Something went horribly wrong between the first half and the Norwich match though…

    1
  • lochinvar

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #77

    Mindshaft
    Been to the Edinburgh fringe have we ?

    1
  • lochinvar

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #78

    “A cowboy asked me if I could help him round up 18 cows. I said, ‘Yes, of course. – That’s 20 cows'” – Jake Lambert

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #79

    Jib the FA will do or know sweet FA. Joli wud have to be 100mill before they wud smell a rat.

    0
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #80

    Jib: when did the F.A give a toss about fans , they’re basically lackys of SKY who can change fixtures at will regardless of fans having to travel – SKY care about full houses and atmosphere so they can market the game worldwide and keep the cash rolling in.

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