Former Newcastle midfielder Chris Waddle has written an article in the Racing Post on a few football related topics.
One of the subjects he delves into is Newcastle’s upcoming match against Wolves. This is some of what Waddle says about tomorrow’s game:
“I expect the Magpies to sit back and try to soak the pressure up, but the big concern is at the other end – they’ve scored only five goals all season.
“They spent a lot of money on Miguel Almiron but he doesn’t look like scoring a goal and it’s not as if he came from a top league in Europe. He was playing in MLS and that has to be on a similar level to League One.
“Joelinton isn’t a number nine and Andy Carroll is still injured, so Dwight Gayle looks the solution for me. He went on loan to West Brom and this is an excellent chance for him to prove his worth.
“Something has to happen because, at this rate, they are going to struggle to avoid the drop.”
We may see Dwight Gayle get a rare start for Newcastle tomorrow as Bruce has hinted is a possibility. Though what impact that will have on the formation we don’t know.
Bruce would be a brave man to go back to a back four after the disaster at Leicester City, though at home, he may be more willing to do so. With our best center-back, Fabian Schar ruled out that may make his decision a little easier.
However, if our full-backs are going to be DeAndre Yedlin and Jetro Willems, that would be a concern defensively.
It’s also quite a provocative statement from Waddle on the standard of the MLS. Defensively, we would agree that the level is poor, so any goal totals coming from there are inflated.
Chris Waddle is absolutely correct that something has to happen. Goals were always going to be a problem with this team and it’s Steve Bruce’s job to find a solution.
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