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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

  • stan anderson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #81

    So we are now dependant on Gayle,are we already in the Championship.
    Nothing against Gayle but he is not Premier player.
    He was out on loan last year as he was not gonna cut it in the big league and now we need him.
    You could not make this up mind.
    ALL OOT.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #82

    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.

    Don’t worry the Auditors will expose this story.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #83

    Loch: read the funniest fringe jokes 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #84

    Agree Loch, slim jims are doing the biz at liverpool and city 🙂

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #85

    Loch: wouldn’t be surprised , maybe Ashley is giving Kenyon money so he can raise 350 million to buy toon

  • lochinvar

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #86

    Martoon for Manager is what I say.
    Knows his stats.
    Talks up the team performance.
    He’s in it for the season.
    Jolly good egg.

  • stan anderson

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #87

    Oh yes and why not bring back Hippo Heed as well because he did,nt no what he was doing either.
    Shame JFK is on the sick eh.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #88

    What worries me the most was after the second goal on Saturday, the players walked back, their heads were down, and BrucieBoy had his hands on his hips unable to say anything to either his players or his team. The whole lot looked dejected and broken.

    How do you change broken? Longstaff came on and tried to get some passion back, but he was the only one.

    The team and the management not just looked clueless but also acted clueless. That sits at Brucie’s door.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #89

    People say we, the nufc fans, need to move on from Rafa. Totally missing the point again and again. If Rafa had been replaced by an Arteta, Viera or Howe we could have accepted it. It’s just that Charnley has’t learned anything from the McLaren disaster and has again opted for someone so woefully out of their depth at this level who should never have been appointed on merit alone.

    Ashley’s name must be absolute mud throughout the football world now that no decent coach / manager will come here. Neil Custis on the C5 programme on SD last night had it summed up perfectly, saying after supporting as man and boy, ”nufc is not his club any more.”

    Ironically Kenyon would be a great MD, instead of the know nowt about football totally inept Charnley. I think Ritchie really needs to shut up now.

    On another note, is it wrong to get excited watching Jofra Archer being able to bowl 92mph deliveres. Thomson, Lillee and more recently Michell Johnson and Mitchell Stark have been trying to knock our blocks off for years!

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #90

    Dubai M

    Wait till the injuries really kick in under bruce. St Max and Joel down already only 2 games in
    I miss Rondon and Perez as much as Almiron does.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #91

    The reason I had ”manlove” for the manager you decided was fair game to be nitpicked, harangued and hauled over the coals for every mistake was he had reinstalled some pride in the club, he came in and told the idiots running the club how to do things right. For the first time in years we had belief that there was hope on the horizon, no more 0-6 hidings with players talking up their next move in French papers, someone who believed in us as much as we believed in him. That wasn’t good enough for you, you wanted Pep type football on a Warnock type budget, you showed a selfishness I’ve never seen on here before, it was all about you and how clever you were when things weren’t going right, with every defeat you could point out just how clever you were. Well now you have the stark reality, a decent budget managed by a third rate clown, you’ve got what you wanted so shut the foot up going on about Rafa, he’s gone, we’re all getting over it, I suggest you do too.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 19, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #92


    can well believe that as something stinks about that deal. fat ash said in that joke interview with samuel that ” he was surprised rafa wasn’t interested in this exciting new signing he had lined up for him”. Under Bruce Joel is going to be the most expensive white elephant going.

  • pheasant plucker

    Aug 19, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #93

    It’s time to turn off the Newcastle United life support machine.
    Boycott all home games


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