The Chronicle are reporting that Steve Bruce held a training session this morning after the woeful display at Selhurst Park yesterday.
However, the report states that according to club insiders, the training session was not in response to yesterday’s performance but was planned in advance.
The Northern Echo have a slightly different take on today’s session. They claim that Bruce has held an inquest with his players after their performance in London on Saturday.
After yesterday’s anemic outing, Bruce spoke to the press about implementing some changes. He finally seems to have come to the conclusion that the current system just isn’t working.
Bruce likely will make subtle tweaks while drafting players back into the squad. One change we’d like to see selection-wise is to give Dwight Gayle some starts in place of Joelinton.
Gayle has a natural ability to get into the box, and while he contributes far less in other areas, this team is desperate for some goals. Dwight is really the only striker who has the potential to provide that.
Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie are also due for a return to the team after being dropped for the last two games. The midfield missed Hayden’s ball-winning ability yesterday, and Ritchie’s steely determination is a crucial aspect this team has relied on over the past few years.
While these personnel changes could prove beneficial against Burnley on Saturday, they won’t solve Newcastle’s inability to create clear chances. That is something Bruce is going to have to find a way to improve.
After the match he stated the following:
“Our big Achilles heel is blatantly obvious. We gave the ball away in good areas so cheaply, especially in the last third. We get so far, and unfortunately, it breaks down too often, too cheaply.
“We never asked their defenders to defend properly, and their goalkeeper to make a save, so maybe it’s time for change. Maybe it’s time we try something different, to have a look at.”
While he’s been loathed to even entertain the notion, Bruce may have to think about playing with a flat back-four. Newcastle may need that advanced midfielder or withdrawn striker up the pitch to get more attempts on goal.
We don’t think he’s reached that conclusion just yet. However, if he does, he’ll have plenty of options to meddle with to try and get this team to pose more of a threat in the final third.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player At Crystal Palace?
- Martin Dubravka (79%, 1,121 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (9%, 133 )
- Valentino Lazaro (3%, 45 )
- Joelinton (2%, 30 )
- Dwight Gayle (1%, 19 )
- Fabian Schar (1%, 15 )
- Miguel Almiron (1%, 13 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 10 )
- Federico Fernandez (1%, 9 )
- Matt Ritchie (1%, 9 )
- Nabil Bentaleb (0%, 6 )
- Danny Rose (0%, 5 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 4 )
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