Loads of Newcastle United supporters have been reacting on social media after former Toon man Michael Chopra issued a brutal verdict on Steve Bruce’s side, after the Magpies were demolished 5-0 at Leicester City.
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The result was Newcastle’s fourth defeat in seven Premier League games under Bruce, and leaves the North East outfit with the second-worst goal difference in the top-flight having scored just four goals to the 13 conceded.
By this stage of last season, the Magpies were also in the bottom three with only the would-be relegated duo of Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town getting off to worse starts than the Toon were under Rafa Benitez, who did not see a favourable run begin until November when they took three wins from three.
Benitez’s Magpies also scored just four goals to the ten shipped in their opening seven Premier League fixtures of the 2018/19 term, but the manner of their performances under Bruce has left Chopra underwhelmed and questioning the intentions of those wearing the Black and White shirt.
Taking to his personal Twitter account after Leicester thrashed Newcastle, Chopra claimed: “Starting to think, after watching that performance, are the players really playing for Steve Bruce?
“What happened to the attacking football he wanted to play when he was appointed manager of my boyhood club? #Embarrassing”
Starting to think, after watching that performance are the players really playing for Steve bruce? what happened to the attacking football he wanted to play when he was appointed manager of my boyhood club #embarrassing #nufc
— Michael Chopra (@MichaelChopra) September 29, 2019
Not only were Newcastle beaten comprehensibly at Leicester, the Magpies were also dominated for the second fixture in succession, with the Foxes holding possession for 69.1% of the encounter at the King Power Stadium just a week after Brighton & Hove Albion enjoyed 71.3% of the ball at St. James’ Park, per WhoScored data.
Newcastle only fashioned three shots against the Foxes, too, while only recording five touches in the Leicester box – none of which were by £40million man Joelinton (BBC) or £21m January arrival Miguel Almiron (Guardian).
So when Chopra shared his brutal verdict of Newcastle’s performance and questioned if the Toon first-team were playing for Bruce, these were some of the responses shared…
Defo stopped playing for him
— Lee Palmer (@lpalmer87) September 29, 2019
Its a disgrace
— MCR (@michiel8044) September 29, 2019
Them players look as clueless as Bruce standing on the touchline 🤷♂️
— Roman (@AndrewK67647299) September 29, 2019
it looks to me fans never wanted bruce and now players look like they dont want him either
— jimmy kelly (@xskye69x) September 29, 2019
No one wants to play for him. Look at his assistants what did they ever do in football.
— AOGB (@ABeere5) September 29, 2019
The sad thing is there are pundits blaming the players today for not playing for Bruce .. he’s got too many mates in the media and he is getting an easy time over the way we’re playing
— nick (@nicholasnufc1) September 29, 2019
Not so long ago these so call experts and ex pros would of pulled Rafa to bits after yesterday’s horror show and yet we don’t here any of them slagging Bruce off
— joe erskine (@wesleymartin09) September 30, 2019
Anyone with an ounce of sense saw this coming the minute we appointed him. To think we actually paid sheff wed to get him!! #nufc
— Jared Robinson (@jm55donny) September 29, 2019
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What happened to the Brighton Cup final last weekend Steve Bruce is pathetic end of
— Andy ferrell fez (@fez_1892) September 29, 2019
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