On Saturday against Burnley, Steve Bruce implemented a new formation to try and pose more of a threat in the final third. As far as shot attempts are concerned, he was successful.
The 4-2-3-1 system Newcastle deployed on Saturday did offer much more of a threat than the previous week at Crystal Palace. However, the match at Selhurst Park was hardly a benchmark to measure success by. Newcastle had just 2 attempts on target out of their 8 total shots.
At St James Park against Burnley, Newcastle fired over 20 shots. However, they still managed just 4 on target. The quality of the chances was definitely still lacking.
Though we did see an improved performance over the previous few weeks with Newcastle able to keep a clean sheet while having a constant presence in the opponent’s box.
Bruce made five changes from the Crystal Palace match. Jonjo Shelvey and Javier Manquillo made their returns from injuries while Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden were brought back after being on the bench for the two previous matches.
Most significantly, Dwight Gayle was handed just his third start of the season. The 29-year-old had been out with a hamstring injury before returning as a substitute against the Eagles last weekend.
His addition in the starting eleven had as much to do with Newcastle’s increased presence in the final third as the change in formation. Dwight is a natural striker, and his instincts are to get in the box to try and get goals.
Bruce also pulled Miguel Almiron from the right wing and played the Paraguayan as number 10. Almiron looked very comfortable in the role that he played he often at Atlanta United before joining Newcastle last January.
It was Miguel’s performance on Saturday that most impressed our readers. Almiron has quite easily won the poll as the best player against Burnley.
The 26-year-old grabbed just under 40% of the 1,270 total votes to win his third best player poll this year. His other ones came in both matches against Rochdale in the FA Cup.
Jonjo Shelvey claims second place with 16% of the vote while Matt Ritchie gets third with 12%. By the results of this poll, we think Newcastle fans really fancy Almiron playing as a number 10.
Hopefully, Bruce sticks with this new formation and continues with Miguel in this role.
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 )
Total Voters: 1,270