Steve Bruce has offered an insight into his plans and aims for his maiden season as Newcastle United manager, as reported by The Mirror.
The Englishman has claimed that a successful season for him would be for Newcastle to play a more adventurous style of football than they did under Rafael Benitez, avoid a relegation fight and challenging the top 10.
He has also refused to “throw away” the cup competitions, which is another contrast to Benitez’s thinking.
Bruce has stated that he will play with three centre-backs, using wing-backs, which indicates that new signing Jetro Willems would be likely to play, as he made 0.9 key passes and 0.6 crosses per game, as per WhoScored.
The attacking side of the game is more important for a wing-back than a traditional full-back (as highlighted by The Telegraph) and Paul Dummett simply doesn’t compare in this regard, as he averaged 0.2 key passes and 0.3 crosses per game.
He has also said he is happy with his midfield trio of Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff.
With this possibly only leaving two striker positions and a wing-back slot to be filled, it could potentially see Miguel Almiron struggle for game time, so that Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton are able to play as the front two.
Considering Saint-Maximin’s sole weakness on WhoScored is defensive contributions, while he made 1.7 key passes and 4.2 dribbles per game last season, as well as scoring six goals and assisting three times last season, it would be a strange move to play him as a wing-back – with there being no indication Bruce wants to do this.
Bruce seemingly has exciting plans for Newcastle and could bring a good style of football to St. James’ Park based on his words.
However, there will be questions as to how he will fit the club’s three biggest signings into the same side with the formation and personnel he is planning to use.
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