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Alan Shearer Points To What ‘Frustrates’ Him About This Newcastle Team


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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120 comments so far

  • toon22

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #1

    NY

    Is the club for sale ?
    Has a bid been made ?
    Its simple enough after 3 months of media

    Or are you saying you didnt notice it ?

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  • toon22

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Or does the club simply not care enough to comment ?
    We either are or ae not for sale
    A bit has either been made or it hasnt

    Its quite simple

    Maybe they dont understand

    10
  • toon22

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Should we just forget about the annual sale until the next time
    When we should expect it to happen
    For the 10th year in a row ?

    Like we are all proper stupid

    7
  • toon22

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #4

    What part of “are we for sale or not ” dont you understand ?

    9
  • carltoon

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Ah NYmag you’ll have to read my reply on the previous thread. Toon22 don’t know if the club’s for sale or not couldn’t care a less now. The ones on here posting about the owner should do some thing about it. And about the next generation. Eeh honestly get a life. Non of my boys ever wanted to go. It’s up to every generation to their own thing.

    3
  • toon22

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Should we be excited at cabbage heeds tactical master class
    When he finally escaped the insidious tactics of Rafa

    Lowest scoring club in the prem is the best he can do ?
    With the clubs most expensive striker by a country mile ?

    Your happy at his 1.12 points / game stat

    Might you enlighten us ?

    10
  • toon22

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #7

    carltoon

    The PR post here
    Thats why im here

    maybe you should encourage them to leave as im not going anywhere

    14
  • lesh

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #8

    toon22

    You do realise that Carltoon is an active supporter of The Magpie Grouo?

    Choose your targets wisely. Keep friends on side – don’t pi$$ them off.

    3
  • toon22

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Almost every other place they post there are enough ppl knocking them
    It seems here was the last out post

    Not anymore

    6
  • toon22

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Lesh

    fair enough

    3
  • carltoon

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Toon22 got it we are not fore sale. Couldn’t care less. Go and help Genjikai and protest. It’s no good sitting on ya backsides watching it on the Tele. thinking that’s helping. You don’t support them don’t watch the rubbish that’s served up.

    10
  • boss hoggs atm

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #12

    We are garage, always will be until we have a manager & owner who an an interest in football, end off….

    7
  • toon22

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Its obvious Jabba dont have any plans to leave
    Not for a very long time

    5
  • toon22

    Mar 1, 2020 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #14

    carltoon

    Point taken

    5
  • NY Mag

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Carltoon,

    Where you at the game today?

    2
  • carltoon

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Well Lesh I’m not active. I do support them though. But I’m at that time of life can’t be bothered with all the rubbish. A lovely friend who is a life time supporter is very ill and he would just love to be at the match today. Then you’ve got posters on here saying we should all die because we are the ones at fault. It’s fan against fan. Honestly life’s too short. The vitriol is just staggering.

    19
  • carltoon

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #17

    No NYmag wanted to go but was really sick this morning, mind I might have been a lot sicker if I’d gone. It sounds as though they played a little better thought.

    3
  • carltoon

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Did you watch it, what did you think, pleased Shelvey got a game.

    3
  • NY Mag

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Carltoon,

    Yes I watched it (btw, I’ve also been pretty unwell the last few days)

    I thought we did ‘ok’….not great, but we did enough,, it’s clear we have no goal scorers.

    2
  • carltoon

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #20

    Ah hope your ok now. I’m feeling a little better now. Mind was out Friday night so I might have had one to many I was singing on the way home. Ha ha. No I never drink slot been really poorly all week so really shouldn’t have gone out Friday.

    2
  • NY Mag

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Shelvey started out really well (as you would expect) but faded in the second half – match fitness, I guess.
    For me, he’s still one of our best players

    2
  • NY Mag

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Carltoon,

    I’m ok…just had a couple of days out of action

    2
  • carltoon

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Stay well, and goodnight.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #24

    toon22 correct me if I’m wrong but you seem to be revelling in the fact that we didn’t win today, a simple honest question are you a Toon supporter.

    I know that you claim to hate Ashlie but you also appear to hate the club.

    4
  • NY Mag

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #25

    Carltoon,

    You too…take care

    1
  • NY Mag

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #26

    Bill,

    While your logical nature may ask such questions……you cannot account for the illogical nature off this blog 🙂

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #27

    NY Mag

    I do find his rhetoric baffling at times, reading through the posts he seems really gleeful that we didn’t win is that the reaction of a real supporter.

    2
  • Assassins Inc

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #28

    I played golf today in a tournament and didn’t look once at the blog, my view was I could watch Goal Zones here in the states in the afternoon and see what happened.

    Good choice playing golf, I’m happy that SB tried something new, I have to give him some credit for that, but as all fans know and for some strange reason our owner didn’t, we lack finishers up front, he just cannot admit he fcuked up on Joe.

    We could be in the shite soon, SB, try one more thing, let’s look at the under 23s for some magic.
    I know it’s a risk but what do we have to lose, 20 shots, 4 on target that me gran could have saved.

    4
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Watching MOTD it seems impossible that we didn’t score and I’m sure that we had a lot more than 4 shots on target.

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #30

    One lucky deflection was all we needed, is that asking the football gods too much.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #31

    Also the ref was a real stickler to the give nowt to Toon players rule, so well played him for following the rule book. 🙂

    2
  • NY Mag

    Mar 1, 2020 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #32

    Bill,

    It would seem that the footballing gods have got us this far, but have now deserted us.

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 1, 2020 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #33

    NY Mag

    Hope you haven’t caught anything really nasty, it’s easy to get paranoid now, even if you get a simple sniffles.

    Had a sore throat earlier but the missus chastised me for shouting at the PC so it could have been that! 😉

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 1, 2020 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #34

    Have to say that the streams were fairly crap today, missed most of the 1st half due to the lagging, 2nd half was better and caught most of the game.

    Miggy was on fire and if his shooting was better he’d be our Messi, the main thing I was shouting at the screen was get the FCK ASM on Brucie you banker (or something similar to banker)

    2
  • NY Mag

    Mar 1, 2020 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #35

    Bill,

    I’ve been totally ill the last couple days…..not virus ill, but 48hr bug Ill.
    I’m good now…that’s all that counts 🙂

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 1, 2020 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #36

    NY Mag
    Good to hear, I know that you do a lot of travelling so it must be something that concerns you.

    I’d find it a real pain in the ars* if I was stuck in some luxury resort for two or more weeks being subsidised by the resort or someone. 🙂

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 1, 2020 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #37

    it’s late here so bed time G’d night NY Mag and any other plague zombies, braaaaaains!

    1
  • Unused Substitute

    Mar 1, 2020 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #38

    I thought we’re going to get 3 points against WHU and 1 against Watford. Not anymore.

    Bruce tried to justify our not getting a striker in during the winter transfer window saying we’re so bad one striker won’t make a difference. It’s OK to be a defeatist so long as there’s a survival plan.

    Earlier Bruce was getting his players to attract fouls and we were scoring from set pieces. For some reason, Joelinton and Almirón aren’t attracting fouls anymore. The corners aren’t working out for us either. It’s OK to try something new as Bruce is doing with 442. But why give up completely on something that was working?

    Perhaps Bruce should change his strategy once more and try getting 10 goalless draws from last 10 going man to man if needed. Alternatively, the setpiece strategy should be brought back in. Otherwise we may not survive.

    1
  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 1, 2020 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #39

    thats possibly the best weve played all season which shows how wrong bruce was to say we cant play any other way. and i suspect there are other formations better than the one he went for.

    terrible news watford beating liverpool. looks like theyll go on a run. west ham could too with bowen the goalscorer bruce twice decided we didnt need. its going to be close.

    2
  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 1, 2020 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #40

    teams wisened to that strategy. now theyre fouling us in less dangerous areas. very easy.

    1


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