The Magpies secured a 1-1 draw at Wolves on Sunday. However, despite picking up a battling point their approach to the game has been the subject of intense scrutiny with pundits accusing them of playing ‘anti-football’ and being a ‘boring’ team to watch for neutrals and supporters.
Deeney’s defence of Magpies’ style
Deeney had been the subject of interest from Newcastle over the summer transfer window, with the Magpies nearly making a move for the experienced forward, per The Athletic. They eventually decided to bring in Callum Wilson in a £20 million move from Bournemouth instead.
Despite the arrival of Wilson and Ryan Fraser the Magpies have still not been able to improve their style much going forward. The Toon Army have seen the joint-second least amount of attempts on goal in the Premier League so far this term (Premierleague.com).
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Deeney outlined that Newcastle’s approach is one intended not to get beat, but he insisted that they are in a strong position after their start to the season operating with that style.
He said: “You have to look where they’re at now. That’s not a dig at Newcastle.
“They’ve got a really exciting player in Allan (Saint-Maximin), Ryan Fraser is obviously talented, Callum (Wilson) is obviously lightning quick.
“They’ve got Jonjo (Shelvey) who will pass the ball but that haven’t got that person that will turn, drive from midfield and open the game up.
“I think obviously their main aim is to not get beat – I think you see a lot of teams now that their first thought is, ‘don’t get beat and try to hit on the counter attack’ – and utilise Callum’s pace.”
He continued: “So you’re never going to win. I think people always want to see an exciting brand of football.
“Now fans can’t make it (to stadiums), they are probably looking a bit more intently at every little detail.
“But if you’d said to Newcastle fans at the start of the season, ‘you’re going to get a draw at Spurs’, they would have gone, ‘oh, we’ll take that’.
“We’re talking like they lost. It’s a good result. A 1-1 draw away at Wolves – a very good Wolves team and one that is trying to get in the top six this season – is a very good result.”
Could Deeney have been useful for Bruce?
Bruce will continue to be questioned by Newcastle fans as long as the Magpies’ style of play is perceived to be negative and dull. Deeney is a player with the sort of mindset where he can deal with that pressure from supporters and still perform on the field. So, he could have been a useful asset to have had around the club if he had arrived from Watford.
The forward has been labelled as a ‘powerful’ performer by former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri, and it is those types of characters you need when you are under pressure. It does not seem as though Newcastle’s style of play is going to alter any time soon, so that pressure on Bruce will only continue to mount.
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