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Places Could Be Up For Grabs As Bruce Tries To Turn The Tide



Newcastle have a massive match against Leeds at St. James’ Park on Friday evening. The problem The Magpies could face is that it is also a very important fixture for Leeds, who likewise have yet to pick up their first win and have had struggled defensively.

According to The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, there was a dressing room inquest held after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester United. Poor defending was the primary topic of discussion.

Newcastle have conceded 12 goals over our first four matches, which is the most in the league so far. While the defending was better against The Red Devils early, it ended in another lopsided defeat with Newcastle just unable to prevent the opposition from hitting the back of the net.

Leeds have struggled at the back as well and share our -7 goal difference. Though they have had a more difficult start to the campaign with matches against Man United, Everton, and Liverpool.

Bruce will have some decisions to make as Lee Ryder suggests places could be up for grabs, especially at the back. We could see both Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez recalled for Friday. Hopefully, Paul Dummett will be available after a calf injury has kept him on the sidelines since pre-season.

Karl Darlow could also get the nod over Freddie Woodman. Bruce may opt for Darlow’s experience after Freddie made a few mistakes on Saturday. He stepped up and accepted responsibility but it’s another area where a change could be made.

The Chronicle is also backing claims from The Athletic that Callum Wilson will not be risked until October with his thigh strain. This means he’ll miss our next two matches with Wolves on October 2nd being a potential date for his return. The Athletic reckon he may not be back until after the next international break ruling him out for the Wolves match as well.

We’ll also have to wait on news of Javier Manquillo, Joe Willock, and Ciaran Clark, who were all forced off with knocks at Old Trafford. Bruce could already be facing an injury crisis early in the campaign.

This season’s start has been calamitous. However, all it takes is a couple of wins to turn our fortunes around. Newcastle really need to find that first win quickly and the match on Friday is of growing importance.

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards is suggesting that Bruce’s position is not currently under threat. He is also calling on fans to not be so vocal in their displeasure with things on the pitch.

That may be wishful thinking as Friday’s match could get very ugly. Especially if Newcastle limp out of the gate like against Southampton. The lads really need a quick and positive start. That should be one of the many focus points in training this week.

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249 comments so far

  • Banana

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #241

    Newcastle Consortium Supporters@NCSL1892
    Let’s hope Mike Ashley coming to the club this week along with some big names visiting Newcastle that it’s takeover related and our fans can still dream of the kind of owners that can smash the Cartel

    There we go ls, straight from the horses mouth.

    Or horses arse, one of them anyway.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #242

    Tactically Rafa does what Bruce tries to or thinks he does. A very organised defence teams can’t penetrate and a quick counter. It’s not rocket science, but it’s effective if you can organise your defence into a unit. Bruce can’t organise a defence, probably through laziness as much as a lack of ability.

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  • scott

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #243

    Jail
    That was a good H2H,I really thought you had it with the way the Liverpool game was panning out but I got lucky in the end!
    Very sporting of you to give me a 4 head start too it would be great if the rest of the league would also do this for me 😉

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #244

    I do like the look and thought of Willock and Longstaff in tandem in front of the defense, they seem to compliment each other, run about, get challenges in, make decent use of the ball. Maybe they can provide the solution to our leaky defense.

    When you play a back 3, you tend to invite teams onto you, unless your wing backs are forcing the opposition back.

    Perhaps a 4231 then, with Willock and Sean in front of a back 4, and 3 mobile attacking mids ahead of them, and Wilson up top, is in fact the answer to our calamitous for and against, and low possession rate.

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  • Romford mag

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #245

    Dark horse !!!! 😀

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  • Tyran21

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #246

    Wor B

    That’s the glaring problem with Bruce. Bruce now sits 3 players in front of the 3 CBs. Attack more, Hayden holds and Willock can have the freedom to go box to box. That is where he is most dangerous. Suddenly pops up in the box and surprise defenders.

    Last season, Almiron was covering a lot defensively for Willock to roam forward. This season, Bruce somehow instruct Willock to sit more deep like Almiron too.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #247

    —————————-Gayle——————————
    Almirón———Saint Maximin———–Murphy
    ————–Longstaff———Willock—————–
    Dummett—Schär—-Fernandez—Manquillo
    ————————–Darlow——————————

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 14, 2021 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #248

    The whole irony is that we didn’t even need a takeover with Rafa here. He’d done the impossible, united a fanbase and given us hope. He’d actually kept the abuse away from Ashley. The precipitous chain of events that followed forcing rafa out could be fatal mistakes that are built to last.

    Like the Joel fiasco when ash said ”I don’t often get to have fun with the club”, resulting in blowing 40M on a non scoring, non centre forward. It’s as if Ashley’s timetable ran like this:-

    1) Make Rafa’s position untenable
    2) Hire a not so cheap coach (when factoring in compo) that the fans will despise from day 1, who’ll survive for a season or 2 on Rafa’s defence
    3) Throw 40M at someone to stick 2 fingers up at Rafa as he knows best.
    4) Throw some money at this s–t coach to cover tracks for another season.
    5) Let’s parachute in someone to do the actual coaching.

    It’s as if Rafa had too much class and Ashley needed to get back to the JFK mould where Rafa was Harrods and Bruce is sports direct / Aldi.

    You could imagine all the Rafa detractors wanting Everton to do badly, like the Arsenal fans who never appreciated Wenger.

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  • Moonraker15

    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #249

    NY Mag
    Yes Ashley is the owner and can do as he wishes with our great club.
    However it’s not a natural market is it? The main revenue comes from media on the basis he re-invests in the business. He only invests a bare minimum in order to remain in the premier league, thereby maintaining the revenues, which he undoubtedly moves to other areas!
    This is unethical and unsustainable as we are finding out this season and it could be argued he’s not a “fit and proper person” to own the club.
    We know he can’t stay for much longer as relegation is a certainty and this time we won’t come back; the only good news is NUFC will out live Ashley but some of us might not be around to celebrate that day!

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