Many Newcastle United fans have been fuming at the latest comments from Steve Bruce that recently emerged on social media.
Steve Bruce was recently talking about his tactical approach for the club’s upcoming Premier League game against Fulham. The manager said that he wants the team to play in a certain way and while it didn’t work out in the last 10 minutes against Leeds, he believes that the Magpies always carried a threat going forward. He made it pretty clear that this ‘certain way’ of playing will be used against Fulham too.
Should Steve Bruce change his tactics?
A tweet about this was relayed by The Chronicle and it caught the attention of many Toon fans, who were fuming at the club’s manager.
What did Newcastle fans make of these comments from Steve Bruce?
@lee_ryder I find it baffling that he feels that that first 75 minutes was OK.
Its shambolic the way we are set out each game and it’s becoming more and more worrying that he accepts this level of performance. It wasn’t just about 10mins, that’s been coming for months #NUFC
— Leon (@LeonOsman17) December 18, 2020
Didn’t realise he had tactics.
— kev egan (@kevegan2) December 18, 2020
That’s easy he’s got none
— David (@DavidGuy67) December 18, 2020
— Jonny Weild (@Weildy9) December 18, 2020
Bruce’s side had played a 4-4-2 shape against the Whites in midweek but they managed to register only four shots on target in the game. They had a poor passing accuracy of 66% and had just 31.3% of the possession (as per WhoScored).
Newcastle have used a 4-4-2 shape as much as six times this season, using the 5-3-2 formation on three occasions (as per WhoScored). Bruce’s comments left many other Newcastle fans fuming.
You have to actually use tactics first? #nufc
— ??T?O?O?N?4?L?I?F?E?? (@1usatoonfan) December 18, 2020
How can he change them? He doesn’t employ any tactics…
— Michael Green (@discogreenie) December 18, 2020
Our modern, forward thinking tactically gifted manager Steve Bruce ??? pic.twitter.com/mcVSkKcZMI
— blenks46??????? (@blenks46) December 18, 2020
In the current campaign, the Magpies have generated the fourth-lowest xG in the Premier League and they have also generated the fourth-lowest non-penalty xG in the division too (as per FBRef).
That should be a worrying stat for the club’s fans and Bruce and if those numbers don’t improve soon, the manager might have to change some tactics soon.