Newcastle could have played all day and they probably wouldn’t have scored against Wolves on Wednesday. The Magpies’ attack was virtually non-existent.
And unfortunately, the defence were no better, resulting in a 4-0 thrashing. It was an early wake up call for Newcastle, who need to rectify things quickly as the new season looms.
Steve Bruce will be in charge of the club’s next game, the playoff tie against West Ham on Saturday morning. And the new manager must ensure he sets his team out to attack.
Against Wolves, we used a defensive 4-5-1 formation. The midfield three of Jack Colback, Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey couldn’t get a grip of the game and influence things further up the pitch. Out wide, Matt Ritchie was his usual energetic self but Jacob Murphy was invisible.
Yoshinori Muto had no help, but regardless he didn’t do himself any favours with his performance.
Bruce needs to get his team further up the pitch and in a position to create chances. One of the midfield three needs to either play behind the striker, or we need to operate with two forwards.
With Miguel Almiron not currently available and no new signings, this won’t be easy for Bruce.
His options are limited, but he needs to at least show some intent against West Ham and make fans believe he can bring attacking football.