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Great Expectations From Former England International For Struggling Trio


Steve Bruce said after the Aston Villa defeat that he would persevere with his front three of Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, and Miguel Almiron.

True to his word, he stuck with the three in yesterday’s draw against Manchester City. While there were again no goals from the trio, Miguel Almiron was able to get his first Newcastle assist on the excellent goal from Jetro Willems.

Bruce was again asked if he was going to continue with the three after the game yesterday. Sounding a little perturbed by the question, this was the head coach’s response:

“Look, I have to answer the question with you all the time. Allan and Almiron today were excellent in their work.

“I’m delighted for Miggy. He’s got an assist – great goal from Jetro.

“We’ve seen three quality goals and we’ve got two of them, so it was lovely to watch.”

Bruce still needs to get more out of his forwards if Newcastle are going to progress this season.

Joelinton– Newcastle need more from record signing

Former England international and BT Sport pundit Joe Cole seems to think that there is definite potential for Newcastle’s attackers. The Chronicle have published some of Cole’s comments from last night:

“With that run of fixtures there. I am looking at Saint-Maximin and Joelinton today.

“If you can get a hold of those strikers and say ‘listen, in these situations when we get the ball, just go and put the brakes on, and find a pass.’

“I think there is a lot of growth in this team. The defense is settled, so you have that base. The front three, I think with a little bit of work on the training pitch, I think there is improvements to be made in this team.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team finish comfortably in mid-table and then next season the excitement can grow for it again.

“I really like Newcastle.”

There is work to do for sure but Newcastle’s attackers do have quality. They just aren’t getting it done in terms of goals. Joelinton stills seems to be too isolated and is not getting into the box near enough as our lone striker.

We like the work-rate of Saint-Maximin and Almiron. Both are dangerous with the ball at their feet; however, it gets complicated for them when a final ball is needed.

Bruce, it appears, will stick with the front three for the time being. He made some tweaks earlier this season to get the wing-backs to carry more of a threat going forward.

He’s also gotten Newcastle to get some goals from set-pieces that were lacking early in the campaign. If he can get this front three to start scoring, then we could see Newcastle really on the incline.


85 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Hya Posada

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #2

    or is it Hiya ?

    1
  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #3

    ayih

    1
  • posada

    Dec 1, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t encourage the complete and utter Bull’s Knacker.

    4
  • jane

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #5

    results gone our way this afternoon.

    0
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Leicester score the winner vs Everton in the 4th minute of extra time

    1
  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #7

    bulls knacker not heard that in a long time , but your right …

    pure doylem …

    2
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #8

    We stay at 14th
    4 points off 5th place
    What a weird season

    0
  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #9

    nearly as weird as TOOL22 …

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #10

    I cannot see Man U persevering with OLG for much longer

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Yup, 4 points from 5th and 4 points from relegation in 14th!! weird season indeed

    2
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #12

    This fixture congestion
    (that Jane seems to find hard understanding)
    is going to sort the men from the boys

    1
  • jane

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #13

    which you thought was the reason we are playing on a Thursday this week hahahaha

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #14

    So what do you think the reason is ?

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #15

    This should be good

    1
  • jane

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #16

    i think it’ll be the Amazon Prime contract with the Premier league.

    3
  • jane

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #17

    matches spread over more days.

    1
  • Assassins Inc

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Man U wanted Pochettino, now with the possibility of another manager getting fired this week with Everton that could leave three open manager positions, I don’t think Man U will risk losing Pochettino again, sorry Ole but you may be seeing your Marching orders coming early this week.

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #19

    The brighton manager has got loads of plaudits in the media. Bruce has had a tonne of brickbats on here. Yet nufc above them. More points than Benitez despite a misfiring front line. Keep giving him time I say.

    7
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Oh like they are with BT you mean

    Doh

    1
  • jane

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #21

    no not like BT. it’s 20 matches in 1 calendar month. is that like BT? hmm no!

    0
  • jane

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib i’d give up you’re looking stupid 🙂

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #23

    fair comment

    but I still believe that Amazon for their £90M
    were worked a flanker by the PL and FA cos
    they knew there was going to be a log jam of
    fixtures

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Sorry for looking stupid

    0
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #25

    I do try my best not to look stupid
    but I would appear to have failed

    2
  • beefman13

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s not about giving Bruce more time, we are set up every game to scrap n scrape, point her and there heroic defending etc, for them it’s about staying in the prem, digging in the trenches game after game, another season were it will be are we staying up or going down with 5 matches left, it’s all about Bruce getting his bonus for keeping us up, watching us again withdraw to the 18 yard box ten behind the ball, and then the odd breakout to give us some relief and the fans a bit of cheer, we are clogged down again imo and that’s how it can only be, I cannot abide the way things are now at MY club, the fans clinging on to a slither of hope that things can get better, one forward one back, simple as.

    0
  • Paully

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Apart from the goal I thought Shelvey was garbage again yesterday, rarely puts a challenge in and slows play down.

    And don’t get me started on Joelinton, I’ve heard all the isolated excuses, wrong system etc. Rafa was right the kid Is worth nothing like £40m, If we sold him now we’d be lucky to get £10m back.

    Maxi however? That lad has magic feet, gets us all out of our seats and picks the crowd up, improves his end product and a big big team is coming in for him.

    1
  • Pain in the Blog

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Bl–dy hell Jib & Jane,

    You must be working hard seeing as you’re the same person.

    7
  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Pain in the Blog
    Aye
    It’s difficult

    4
  • Just a fan

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Pain
    I may be along shortly.
    That will put you in a tiz
    Where’s Mr tuff when you need him .

    1
  • jane

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #31

    this has probably already been posted..

    “Steve Bruce: Have we underestimated Newcastle manager?”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50615178

    1
  • 9

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Is Joelinton any use?

    1
  • carltoon

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Jane playing twice in a week, it’s so they fit all the games before the end of the season. I may be wrong of course.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Lol have we under rated him? Lol are people seriously fooled by the result.As usual It had nothing to do with Bruce. They were still all clueless for most the match and we still looked like we have no answers. Hes also making decent players look rubbish by playing them in the wrong set up.

    Bruce is not the reason we won yesterday. Smh!

    2
  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #35

    In Bruce we trust.

    2
  • IrishRob

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Drew*

    0
  • IrishRob

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #37

    9 is very clearly an alt of toon22, he repeats the same babble every time hes on, just like our froggy.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Beefman rafa played the same football and worse and he was hailed a genius, hilariously.
    The first time rafa played city, shelvey hit the ball at the keeper from kick off and we retreated rapidly in one of the weirdest and most embarrassing moments i’ve seen in st james’ or anywhere else.

    4
  • jane

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Carltoon but why Thursday was the question.

    0
  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #40

    More goals coming from our defenders.

    Thats just bonkers.

    1

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