Sure the defense is doing 90% of the scoring for the club, but who cares when Newcastle United has just managed six points in their last two matches? I know I don’t. In fact, I welcome it. The pressure put on by the front line and watching the defenders finish is actually quite the sight to see.
Miguel Almiron is looking like the threat that we all knew and loved last season, and with Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin in the mix, those three just sound dangerous. And that’s what they’ve been. Sure, Miggy found himself robbed of a goal against Bournemouth, and has yet to get that much needed strike, but he’s looking more confident. With confidence, it’s only a matter of time until Almiron finds the back of the net.
West Ham was one hell of a performance, but taking down Bournemouth, who themselves have been having a solid season, was brilliant. So you actually have to hand it to the man who I’ve been dissing all season.
Yeah. He’s actually been doing pretty well these past two weeks, and it’s all come down to team selection and placement of the players. He’s using players where they’re best used, as well as using the talent on the pitch to near maximum effect. I never questioned the quality of this Newcastle United squad, I questioned Steve Bruce’s ability to use it. And no, we aren’t going to talk about how Rafa could have this squad in the top five if he were here. We’re going to talk about the fact that Steve Bruce (yeah, Steve frickin’ Bruce) has Newcastle United sitting eleventh and pretty with two beautiful results under his belt.
What’s there to hate? I’m actually happy. It’s a weird feeling.