Another match has come and gone without a goal from our forwards. In 35 appearances this season between our front three of Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, and Allan Saint-Maximin, we’ve managed just one goal.
Last night we witnessed another display of ineptitude in the final third. We barely threatened Tom Heaton in the Villa goal.
While in our two wins at West Ham and against Bournemouth, there were signs of an awakening upfront. That all came crashing back down last night.
Our big summer signing Joelinton was again far too isolated and was a frustrated figure on the pitch. While Allan Saint-Maximin tried to pull off some of his magic, Miguel Almiron put in an infuriating display as he squandered some potential opportunities.
At some point, Steve Bruce will have to consider other options in attack. However, it does not appear that he will be changing anything just yet.
This is what Bruce had to say when asked about his forwards last night:
“We have to keep persevering. Every time they don’t (score), I’ll be asked the same question. They have to stay confident, stick with it. Unfortunately, all of them are lacking goals. We have to keep working away at it.”
Steve Bruce, to be fair, does not have many options in attack. Andy Carroll doesn’t look like he can start at the moment. Bringing in Dwight Gayle or Yoshinori Muto for Joelinton would lead to a change in the system.
We suppose he could bring Christian Atsu on for Miguel Almiron but that’s likely not going to make too much difference. We have lacked goals up front all season. When we don’t get them from elsewhere on the pitch, we end up with results like last night.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 2-0 Defeat At Aston Villa?
- Martin Dubravka (44%, 322 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (28%, 203 )
- Jetro Willems (8%, 55 )
- Federico Fernandez (4%, 27 )
- Andy Carroll (3%, 20 )
- Isaac Hayden (2%, 17 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (2%, 17 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (2%, 15 )
- Miguel Almiron (2%, 11 )
- Joelinton (1%, 10 )
- Dwight Gayle (1%, 9 )
- Christian Atsu (1%, 9 )
- Paul Dummett (1%, 8 )
- Ciaran Clark (1%, 5 )
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