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Injury Setback Has Thwarted Winger Option For Bruce

With Miguel Almiron’s poor performance on Monday night, his place in the side could be tenuous at the moment. Christian Atsu could be a sound choice to come into the fold against Manchester City on Saturday.

A player who unfortunately will not be available is Matt Ritchie, who has played on the right-wing for most of his career. Matt’s ankle injury has now kept him out of action for three months despite it originally being forecast as two months on the sidelines.

The Chronicle have published some comments Steve Bruce made after the Aston Villa defeat about Ritchie. It does not appear that he is going to be back in the team anytime soon:

“Unfortunately he is not near fitness at the moment.

“He has seen a specialist last week and he said to give him another rest and see if that does it.

“We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks but at the moment he is still not ready to return.”

With Jetro Willems playing so well at left wing-back, Ritchie could be an option back on the right-wing when he gets back from his injury. A Ritchie-Yedlin partnership on the right has worked well for Newcastle in the past when playing in a 4-2-3-1.

It would be interesting to see the partnership in a 3-4-3 with both Ritchie and Yedlin able to play higher up the pitch.

Miguel Almiron is still learning to play on the right having been on the left under Rafa Benitez and as an attacking midfielder at Atlanta united. When asked about Almiron’s best position earlier this year, Bruce said he saw him as an old-fashioned inside forward who can come in from the right and use his left foot on goal.

That describes Ritchie’s best attributes perfectly. Maybe Ritchie is the right-sided forward that can help get Newcastle going. It’s just a shame that he is not an option for the position right now.

10 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    NY Mag


  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    These stats for last season make interesting reading

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3


    I don’t know what the answer is with what we have got to help JoeLinton.

    Me/maybe’s – I would bench Almiron play Muto as a No 10 in the Perez role
    and change the midfield as at the minute with Shelvey and Hayden (both don’t pick up their runners) we leave a huge hole in front of our defence that is easily exploited by their midfield.

    my team for Saturday – bit off-the wall

    Clark, LeJuene, Fernandez, Dummett, Willems
    Schar, Hayden, M Longstaffe
    Saint Maxim, Muto
    JoeLinton or Carroll

    bring Almiron on after a hour

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    You had a pop at toon22 about his January transfer comment. In the 12 January windows Ashley has been here, if my memory is correct, he bought Mike Williamson one year, the five Frenchies another year because we were staring relegation in the face, Cisse because he’d become available pretty much for half the price we were initially quoted and Almiron because we were again staring relegation in the face and Rafa was supposedly at the end of his tether.

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    may object to a
    5 – 3 – 2 – 1

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail he said
    It’s that time of year again
    Where we are linked with everyone
    But won’t sign anyone
    This years sale lie has to be the worst yet

    If he hadn’t used the word lie
    I probably wouldn’t have bothered pointing out HIS lie

    What time did you get the text asking you to support toon22 ?

  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #7

    just don’t see Bruce being that adventurous,

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Early kick-off for Chelsea match this evening.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #9


    I still don’t understand why Muto doesn’t get more game time he actually did okay at Leicester before the sending off and seems to be one of the players taking the blame for that even though he got taken off at 1 nil!?

    Muto can run the channels , press and will make runs to get on the end of chances which is a lot more than what our front 3 are doing at the moment! I feel if he is down the pecking order then Carroll or Gayle have to start soon because a different approach is needed.

    Is Bruce under pressure to make the front 3 work and play them because of cost?

    Reminds me of the Pardew days when the purples had to play regardless of form and would be played out of position to fit them in……

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 27, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #10

    We’re for sale for a price nobody will buy for – whilst not an outright lie it proves Ashley doesn’t want to sell, no other club outside of ManU , Liverpool, City, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea are able to sell for anything like £350M – we’re a mid table team that yoyo between EPL and Championship and need investment in both infrastructure and players so any buyer would probably need £100M for that in first season although we might recoup 10M for Linton, 7 for Almiron and maybe 8-10 for ASM unless they starts getting some assists or goals. Every sale rumour so far has proven to be false and nobody as yet has even gotten to due diligence stage


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