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.
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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.