He may be only two games into his Newcastle United career, but new manager Steve Bruce is already being unfavourably compared to Steve McClaren by a section of NUFC fans.

McClaren famously managed the Toon for the first half of the 2015/2016 season, a short but disastrous spell which would ultimately see them relegated at the end of the season.

But the campaign was particularly infuriating for Toon fans due to the fact the club had made a rare spending spree in the summer and winter transfer windows.

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Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin were signed before the season commenced and Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet were later added to the squad in January.

The club spent around £80m on new players that season, only for it all to be in vain.

The Toon failed to win their opening eight games of the season in a disastrous run up to Christmas, and McClaren was eventually sacked in March with just six wins to his name.

Despite the new talent, the tactics and structure being assigned to the team were a mystery to everyone, perhaps even to McClaren himself.

And now Toon fans are worried history is repeating itself with Steve Bruce.

Deja Vu at St James’

This summer has seen the club spend around £75m on new players, despite previous manager Rafa Benitez receiving almost no transfer budget for the last three seasons.

The sudden splurge was likely a move to appease angry Toon fans after Benitez’s exit, and initially, you’d have to say it’s been successful.

Just as they did at the appointment of McClaren, Toon fans reacted extremely negative to Bruce’s arrival this summer and planned boycotts and protests were immediately in the works.

However the signings of Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin put a dint in the revolts, and suddenly the bulk of supporters were excited for the new season again.

But after just two matches, fans are now beginning to question the tactical prowess of Steve Bruce.

Against Arsenal and Norwich, the Toon have looked devoid of attacking threat, despite their new look attack of Joelinton and Almiron.

Bruce’s 5-3-2 formation seems to starve the strikers of all service, and last year’s stonewall defence are now suddenly sloppy and unorganised.

Not only is Bruce being questioned, but also the players themselves, who seemed unwilling to put in a fight against Norwich in a 3-1 defeat.

Toon fans were dismayed by the result and have instantly compared it to the flat performances of the McClaren days.

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Toon fans compare Bruce and McClaren


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