Newcastle have now gone over six hours without a goal as they stretched their scoreless streak to 4 matches in the 0-0 draw against Burnley this afternoon. Bruce made sweeping changes in his team, but it was only marginally better for the Magpies in the final third.
While they did launch over twenty shots, only four were on target, and none caused Burnley keeper Nick Pope any concern. With both Watford and Norwich picking up three unlikely points this week against top three sides, Newcastle are now inching closer to the drop zone.
Alan Shearer, speaking on Match of the Day, correctly pointed one of the main problems with this year’s club. That is in recruitment. Newcastle failed to address a glaring lack of goals in the squad this summer.
After today’s games, Newcastle are now the lowest-scoring team in the Premier League outright. They are still stuck on 24 goals and just don’t look capable of getting many more.
The Chronicle have published the following comments of Shearer’s from Match of the Day:
“Newcastle are the lowest scorers in the league. He had to change the system today and he did that, going to a four at the back and playing Joelinton on the left hand side and Dwight Gayle up front in search of trying to be more creative, trying to score more goals.
“It was slightly better than a lot of what we’ve seen in a lot of this season in terms of getting players into the box because that’s been a big problem for Newcastle.
“They did create a little bit more than they have been but that’s not difficult to do that. They were weak in their finishing once again when they did create with a couple of half chances.
“They had men in the box, which has been a problem but again they were lacking that killer instinct.
“Another game, no goals but that sort of sums Newcastle up because their recruitment has been rotten for them. It really has. That’s the frustrating thing for me.
“I’ve said it so many times this season and I’ll probably say it again – the recruitment, the lack of goals, the lack of creativity. For £80million, you expect and should have a lot more for that money.”
Newcastle did not add many goals this summer with their five signings even though three of them were attacking players. Joelinton, Andy Carroll, and Allan Saint-Maximin have just two league goals between them.
Bruce did take the restraints off a bit against Burnley, and the four at the back held up well. So there are some positives from Saturday’s display.
However, with only ten games left, where are Newcastle going to find the goals that will ensure safety? One possibility is that Dwight Gayle can get a run in the side and find some sharpness in front of the net.
While the 29-year-old can’t be relied on to carry the load at this level, he can get the odd goal now and again that we have not been getting over the past four matches.
Allan Saint-Maximin also has to stay fit. He’s still struggling with his hamstring injury, which forced him into a role from the bench against Burnley.
Another hope is that Valentino Lazaro can create some chances in this system from the right wing. He’s looked a threat going forward in his two starts and is more comfortable in the advanced role.
Finally, if Miguel Almiron can get a run of games as a number 10, he can get a few more goals this season.
Hopefully, these four players can contribute enough in the final third over the next 10 games to get us the three wins we need to stay in this division.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 0-0 Draw Against Burnley?
- Miguel Almiron (39%, 496 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (16%, 202 )
- Matt Ritchie (12%, 153 )
- Dwight Gayle (9%, 109 )
- Martin Dubravka (7%, 93 )
- Javier Manquillo (6%, 74 )
- Joelinton (5%, 60 )
- Federico Fernandez (2%, 26 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (2%, 21 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (1%, 13 )
- Danny Rose (1%, 12 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 11 )
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