Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie has tweeted that Steve Bruce is planning on moving away from a back five against Burnley tomorrow.
Steve Bruce reveals his squad have been working on a new formation in training this week, and indicates they’ll move away from the back 5 against Burnley tomorrow in a bid to score more goals #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) February 28, 2020
We would assume Downie is referencing moving to a back four like Bruce did at Leicester City in September. While we were thrashed 5-0 in that match playing a 4-2-3-1, there were a lot of other factors that led to the thrashing.
One of which was the lads showed no resolve to get back into the game after Ricardo Pereira’s early goal. Then, of course, Isaac Hayden received a straight red for his tackle on Dennis Praet.
Our assumption was Bruce would transition to the 5-3-2 he used at the start of the season and has implemented a few times since, albeit with little success.
However, Bruce is apparently working on several systems that he could deploy in the coming weeks.
The Athletic’s Chris Waugh also tweeted some of Bruce’s comments on a possible formation change but doesn’t specifically mention switching to a back four.
Bruce: "Very early on it was evident the team was comfortable in what they were doing before so there wasn't a need to change. But we don't score enough, we have to be more of a threat & we will try. We've decreased as a threat so we have to improve in attack" #NUFC
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) February 28, 2020
We’ll find out soon enough what formation Bruce goes with tomorrow. One thing is for sure, he needs to try something to get this team scoring some goals.
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