In his press conference this morning, Steve Bruce spoke about the poor performance at Aston Villa on Monday. He acknowledged that is was not good enough and implicated the entire team as under performing.
When he transitioned to the match this weekend, he gave some hints into his thinking about who will get into the team. He spoke about Sean Longstaff and how it’s good to have him back available.
He also all but confirmed the he will keep with the front three of Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, and Miguel Almiron.
SB on the front three: “Up until Monday against Aston Villa, where we weren’t good enough across the board, I’ve been delighted with them. Against Bournemouth and against West Ham they were terrific so I’ll keep persevering with them.” pic.twitter.com/GGBx7d5GBl
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 29, 2019
We think bringing Sean back makes sense especially against a team like Manchester City. If he does get into the team tomorrow, it will most likely be at the expense of Jonjo Shelvey.
It looks like Bruce is going to continue with his trio of forwards. He said he was going to persevere with them after the Villa match on Monday, and he again used the same word this morning.
We think Christian Atsu deserves to come into the team for Miguel Almiron. While he doesn’t offer the same type of threat as the Paraguayan, we think some time out of the team may do the 25-year-old some good.
It doesn’t look like that is going to be the case as Bruce seems set on keeping with his forwards despite them scoring just one goal between them all season.
We are starting to sound like a broken record, but hopefully, they can start picking up some goals this weekend.
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