Steve Bruce switched the formation against Burnley last weekend with immediate success. While it didn’t produce a goal, the team were more of a threat launching 21 shots while securing a clean sheet.
Bruce kept the system for West Brom, and the returns were outstanding with Newcastle scoring three goals. The lads switched off a bit after taking a big lead and let in two sloppy goals. However, they still looked comfortable in the formation.
After the successes of the past two matches, we expect Bruce to continue with a similar set-up at Southampton tomorrow. However, it is an away game in the league, so the situation differs slightly from the matches this past week.
Speaking at his press conference this morning, Bruce has given every indication that the 4-2-3-1 system will be the way forward for the squad.
The Chronicle have published the following comment from Bruce about his new system:
“The players now they’re comfortable with it and I think that’s vitally important.
“We did a lot of work because they’ve played a certain way for a long time.”
The transition has been a lot smoother than expected, and that is very encouraging. The biggest concern was how the lads would adapt defensively, and so far, they’ve handled the change well.
Bruce also has some decisions to make with his team selection tomorrow, especially in attack. We’d expect both Allan Saint-Maxmin and Miguel Almiron to start.
However, he’ll have to make a tough decision at right wing and striker. Matt Ritchie and Valentino Lazaro are vying it out on the right. Dwight Gayle and Joelinton both played very well at striker in their previous starts at the position.
So it’ll be interesting to see who Bruce goes with tomorrow at St Mary’s.
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