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‘There Could Be’ – Bruce Open To Changing The Formation Against Spurs On Sunday



Newcastle have struggled for goals since putting three past Southampton in our last win six matches ago. The lads have managed just three goals since then with two coming from captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Bruce hasn’t been able to find a suitable replacement for striker Callum Wilson over that stretch. After some experimentation, he’s settled on Joelinton on the right side of the front three.

Against Wolves to close February, Bruce lost both Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin to injury. That compounded his problem with fielding a squad capable of getting the goals necessary to pick up wins.

Bruce has stuck with the 4-3-3 formation despite having to put some square pegs into round holes. Needless to say, that formula has not produced the desired results.

After the disappointing draw at West Brom in early March, Bruce was asked about making a change to the system to better suit the players he had on hand. This was his response at the time:

“I think it was important not to disturb the shape that we’ve been playing in the last six weeks or so. The players are getting used to the way we want to play, so I thought it was imperative we stuck with that.

“Joe (Willock) has played as a number ten on many occasions through his career at Arsenal, so with the problems we have, it was simply a case of trying to find a way of winning the match and not disrupting the way we have been playing too much.

“If we had played Andy and Dwight, then we’d have to change the whole set-up, and I don’t think we had time to do that. We’re getting used to playing in a certain way, it’s the way I want to play, but unfortunately, having come up with the system, we’ve been struck down by the loss of Almiron, Callum, and Allan. It’s been very difficult to try to replace them.”

Miguel Almiron returned in the defeat at Brighton and slotted straight back into the false 9 role. However, Miggy was obviously not 100% which Bruce conceded during his press conference this morning.

For Sunday, Almiron should be closer to his best after the two-week international break. There’s also a good chance that Allan Saint-Maximin will return in some capacity for Spurs on Sunday.

However, Callum Wilson likely won’t play a part this weekend with next week’s match at Burnley a more realistic date for his return. With that in mind, Bruce was again asked about changing the formation for Sunday’s match during today’s press conference.

Bruce seemed much more open to the idea than he was a few weeks ago. This was his response:

“The difficulty is, of course, when you’re losing your big players at the top end of the pitch.

“Then, unfortunately, I believe that every team in the Premier League would struggle if you took their front three away.

“Unfortunately over the last few weeks, we’ve been without them.

“You’re quite right to ask the question will there be a change – there could be.”

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468 comments so far

  • Mund

    Apr 2, 2021 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Also I think a lot of people need to understand how PR is projected around social media as it’s not 100s of people sat at a computer projecting there own agenda and mission.

    3
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Looks like the clowns had the crayons out again

    5
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #3

    There’s a whole industry behind it
    It’s global

    I’ve pointed out proof it’s been used here enough times to not bother going over it again

    10
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 2, 2021 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Tackle,

    Plenty bawbags at that traing ground pal 🙂

    0
  • Mund

    Apr 2, 2021 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #5

    I think you’ve been asked to tell us all who the PR are on the blog or who was the PR and I think it’s a valid question that you don’t seem to want to answer, why?

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2021 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #6

    To suggest the players couldn’t change formation after a week on the training pitch is a slight on his ability rather than the players. How on earth was this oaf hired 🙁

    10
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 2, 2021 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Breuce is going to finish the job he started on Sunday.

    He’ll ruin ASM, probably bring Wilson on too early and get Almiron crocked.
    Throw in a few central defender injuries and we’ll be shot for the rest of the season.

    8
  • NY Mag

    Apr 2, 2021 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #8

    toon22,

    Sorry I have a few meetings to attend, I’m not ignoring you on purpose.

    I’ll be back later for the Good Friday knees up 🙂

    6
  • The Wife

    Apr 2, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail,

    The players haven’t had much training during the break, though, have they?

    Either way – it’s SB’s fault.

    8
  • hibbit

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Thanks Magicmac for those kind words ,
    on the weather it’s bloody freezing here and has been all day,

    2
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Mund

    Yes I’m avoiding naming names
    Yet again
    Truthfully I don’t need too
    That point was well proven she’s ago
    All it will achieve is arguments and hassle
    Simply cba with it
    The only reason I started will all of this was to point bout to people what was going on with this blog
    Think most people got the message

    6
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Mund,

    Our potential owners are a perfect example of large scale PR drives at the government level. 100s employed sitting on social media all day combatting/trolling whats deemed inappropriate to them.

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #13

    But if they are PR why do you care? If what you say is true then they have an agenda and need to be outed

    3
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Mund

    Odd you mentioned wanting statues of people at the ground
    Remember a similar thing from a in pleasant poster over on the Mag
    Sensible Monk iirc

    You 2 related ?

    9
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Mund

    Have done that so often it’s hilarious
    It’s never Jabbas fault

    3
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Cats out of the bag
    Games up

    People now see it here

    12
  • The Wife

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #17

    hibbit,

    Happy birthday! 🙂

    0
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Mund

    Why do I care ?
    Honestly
    Why do I care about the turds goons wanting to protect the turd while he ends our club as a sporting enterprise in the name of personal profits

    12
  • hibbit

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #19

    NY Mag i simply i don’t know,
    but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility, and thinking such tactics would never be adopted by such an unscrupulous company as Ashley’s is naive to say the very least,

    3
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #20

    I read somewhere that Orange Man Bad is going to launch his own social media platform, should be interesting!

    0
  • hibbit

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Thank you

    0
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Why wouldn’t you have the players in every single day
    Training isn’t just running about or playing football
    There’s loads more too it than that

    5
  • Regan

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Orange man eh…

    Where’s me wotsits. …

    2
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Remember when Gen was tracked down by the turds goons via social media
    Sent the rozzers round to try and intimidate him

    These people have no morals

    15
  • mactoon

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Imagine picking a striker and playing him up front when we need to score goals and win games, it’s not rocket science is it?

    Since Jones came they have set up with this “split striker” nonsense without a striker and Bruce needs to ditch it now before it’s too late.

    2
  • Mund

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ve never posted on the Mag

    I ask why do you care about outing them if they are in fact PR?

    I know you think Jane and you thought Jib but if that’s all then it’s not much of a claim

    4
  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #27

    NY Mag

    You’re on early. You must be having sleepless nights looking forward to seeing Bruceyboy give Mourinho a lesson in football? Whatever, I hope your enjoying the time off for Easter.

    You mentioned that when someone tries to influence others on here, that’s when the fights generally start.

    Yup, and what better role for PR agencies than to ferment discord among an organisation or person’s critics, Ashley critics .

    This Blog may seem like small fry in the grand scheme of things but it’s but one among many that are critical of Ashley and his ways. Together, those opinions say more than a lone voice and become a legitimate target for image managers.

    3
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Mund

    Like I said
    I don’t need too
    Posters here now know the reality of things
    How some posters defend the guy
    How they defend the guy

    Job done ages ago

    8
  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #29

    toon22

    Bruceyboy doesn’t do planning or tactics so running around and lifting weights is probably what he claims is training – keeping fit.

    2
  • Mund

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t know anyone who defends Ashley on here other than Jane, sorry.

    2
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Lesh

    I’m guessing he don’t even do that
    His Mackem mates probably do it

    He’s an utter clown

    3
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Hiya Mund

    There’s more that one way to defend the turd

    😉

    2
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Like I said
    It’s irrelevant now

    The days of the PR free for all are long gone

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Ah now we are getting somewhere. Ok, how?

    3
  • Legolas

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Uncertain,

    You asked about Torqtoon on the last page. He used to post quite a bit when I first joined the blog, and I enjoyed reading his posts. He used to have a bit of inside knowledge. I asked about him a while ago and someone said he had passed away. Maybe some off the original posters will be able to remember that.

    1
  • magscar

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #36

    hibbit

    i left post on last thread but was interrupted whilst typing and bus moved before i sent

    it’s back there if interested

    0
  • toon22

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Mund

    You want to argue down the role of PR on this blog

    Why ?

    I’m guessing you love the toon some much your happy with posters who try and defend the turds actions
    It’s really REALLY odd your mates with JIB on Twitter

    LMFAO

    Hiya

    9
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Legolas

    TorqToon last seen on the blog August 2014

    Passed away, moved on or just resigned his PR job – who knows.

    1
  • hibbit

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Legolas i’ve not read that before about Torqtoon and was shocked to see it,
    a real good knowledgeable poster,

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Aye, Torqtoon, he was some kind of physio for a French club and had great info, but he threw the towel in because someone gave him grief one day over being an ITK.

    2
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