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Steve Bruce Must Proceed Cautiously With New Signing


Steve Bruce has issued an injury update during his press conference for Sunday’s match at Tottenham. This is what he has said about how some of the players are progressing:

“We hope that Allan Saint-Maximin is going to be OK. It’s still too early for Andy Carroll or Dwight Gayle, but Christian Atsu has been on the pitch this week. It was good to see him and see what he’ll offer us. Joelinton is fine.”

Bruce further added about Allan Saint-Maximin who missed out last week at Norwich:

“Saint-Maximin trained yesterday, and we’ll see how he is, if there’s been a reaction, today and tomorrow.”

It’s good news on Joelinton, and he was photographed at training earlier in the week, so he will be fine for Sunday. Also, Christian Atsu is back training which will add another option for Steve Bruce once declared fully fit.

However, there is still uncertainty with Allan Saint-Maximin. He trained yesterday and will join the full training session today. The club is right to take a cautious approach with Allan. They’ll wait and see how he recovers today and tomorrow before making a decision on him.

Allan Saint-Maximin– getting closer to full fitness

We would prefer them to just leave him behind for Sunday’s game. It’s not worth the risk with a hamstring and the type of player Allan is.

Also Newcastle are not going to change the formation for Sunday, so it will most likely be Joelinton and Miguel Almiron up front again.

This is what Bruce said about the tactics during his press conference this morning:

“We may tinker a bit and change a couple of things. It’s too early to change formations.”

The team has been short of attacking options off the bench for the first two games of the season. While it would be nice to have Allan Saint-Maximin there as an impact substitute, we just don’t think it is worth the risk.


30 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    HELLO!!

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Right, I’ll attempt a football related post again. Gave up yesterday because of the bickering and xenophobia….

    The 352 will probably work better if one of the Mf 3 is given a more attacking role. Probably gor for longstaff. The problem has been (imo) no link between mf and the forwards.

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Steve is in deep already, covering obvious things up with even more obvious lies, I really didnt expect Bruce to be so squarely under Ashley’s thumb already. It’s looking worse every bloody day I read something new.

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  • Reilly

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Steve Bruce claims “it’s too early to change formations” ahead of Sunday’s trip to Spurs, saying his 3-5-2 system worked “very, very well against Arsenal” and that his players need time to get used to it.

    4
  • Toon Tang

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    If my calculations are correct, we’re on the box seven times in our next nine games.

    The circus really is in town..

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Completely glossing over the fact that we got hosed off Norwich with the same system. The ball has to get a trans continental flight to get from Hayden to almiron or joelinton, the gap is that wide.

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  • G

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    The Spurs defence is a physical one. I wouldnt even consider ASM for this one. I would probs give him the last 20 mins against Leicester, but thats about it.

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    I would actually be happier with a 4 – 1 – 4 – 1 with Schar
    sitting in front of the back 4 and Miggy up front
    Dubs
    Manquillo Lascelles Clark(Fernandez) Dummett
    Schar
    Ritchie Ki Hayden Atsu
    Miggy

    Spurs in London is no time to be selecting players who only
    have a few minutes PL experience

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  • JohnReese

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Markaccus – i’d have to agree. The flat 3 in midfield just isn’t working. If we played with a double pivot and like you say, someone further forward, it should help to link things up.

    I’m not sure if I’d try Longstaff or Shelvey further forward however. Longstaff shows a lot of promise defensively and seems to read situations well, I’ve seen him win a lot of 1v1’s.
    A lot of it would depend on if Schär gets his act together and starts to hit his longer passes, otherwise we probably need Shelvey a bit deeper.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    So, when it works very well we lose a close game, and when it doesn’t work we get reemed by a relegation rival. Oh, that’s OK then. Phew. I thought we were in trouble for a while, there.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Markaccus, I agree. I posted yesterday about Shelvey and how his presence in a midfield three unbalances the side. Shelvey isn’t reliable enough to sit deep and cover the DM slot, but his Holywood passes essentially negate a lot of what was so successful about the Longstaff-Hayden partnership last season by bypassing them completely.

    Hayden and Longstaff pushing forward and dropping back to cover each other works very well. Hayden can play a good ball into the box either from the flanks or between the opposition CBs, Longstaff can shoot effectively from range, they both need to be on the pitch and both will provide the link to the forwards you mention.

    I think Shelvey is a luxury we can’t afford.

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Yea because hes an idiot Reilly. He isn’t smart enough to change something even that simple.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    John

    Ideally I’d prefer an actual attacking mf in there rather than one of the existing three, but I doubt he’d bring Almiron back to play behind Muto and Joelinton for instance. I was only thinking longstaff because he’s a bit quicker on his feet than the other two

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Well t least kane never scores in August.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Robleenio

    If Shelvey could adapt his game to play as the link it would be ideal, but I’m not sure he can

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Incidentally

    “Longstaff” just tried to autocorrect to “Long stiff”. My phone is a pervert.

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  • JohnReese

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Markaccus – 100% agree, ideal world you have Almiron as the 10. He drops to that position naturally in the game anyway. I would like to see Joelinton and Muto play off each other.

    I’d also say we need to see Ritchie further forward. So often our only delivery into the box is coming from his crosses but playing so deep is limiting it to a couple of times a game.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Markaccus
    that should definitely be Almiron’s position, he’s absolutely made for it pace energy quick feet a football brain, I would love to see the lad start there,
    will Bruce play him there i very much doubt it.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Yeah I said at the end of last season that Rafa had to get Shelvey playing up and around the edge of the box. He’s actually stifling us if he sits deep, playing balls that Schaer and Lejeune (when fit) are capable of playing.

    Longstaff also has an intelligent long ball in his locker, so may be the better option sitting deeper. In all honesty, the kid has it all, but needs space to express himself. Feel like he and Shelvey get in each others way.

    That said, I was pleased to see Shelvey get a goal from inside the box at the weekend.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #20

    John and Hibbit

    Yeah the problem is Bruce, really. He’s rigid. He won’t change to 4 at the back, so Ritchie is never going to get a game as a wide mf. At least in rafas (sorry to mention him but it is relevant) 343, the wing backs got further forward.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    And he won’t play Almiron in the ‘hole’ because that would make it a 3412 and is probably too aggressive for the cabbage

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Jib

    Do you think Almiron has the attributes to play as a lone forward? Might be a bit hard on him physically.

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  • beefman13

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Bruce out Hiarchy out, the swamp needs cleaned, just go.

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #24

    If he plays withdrawn he has the speed for a pop over
    It is the CL finalists on their own turf we are playing !

    Gulp !!!!

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  • Mag :P

    Aug 23, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    If he’s going to persist with 5-3-2 then he needs to have a word with Almiron to stay higher up the pitch in support. Also, when attacking our wing backs have to push up to offer width to our attack. We were too one dimensional and had no support to Joelinton for most of that Norwich game.

    It can work but these are key factors in achieving that.

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    beefman13
    Bruce out Hiarchy out, the swamp needs cleaned, just go.

    Aye we know
    Any chance of a footy contribution
    Leave the wailing and gnashing of teeth for
    when we can do something about it

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #27

    Jib

    Yeah It will be a tough game. I doubt Bruce will go to 4 at the back, though.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #28

    no matter how you look at it, getting a result at Spurs is a big ask.

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  • WLtoon

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Its pointless fans picking alt formations and players on here, Bruce cant hear your words of wisdom, and will fumble his way through games as clueless as usual.
    On a lighter note, Ashley will sell up next year and the new owners will have a KK and Daveed Ginola as no1 and 2 head coaches. What a thought

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 23, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #30

    We can talk formations all day long but if guys like shelvey and joelinton don’t put the legwork in its all pointless. Both have been awful on that front.

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