Newcastle United’s next game is against Leeds, and the Magpies aren’t the only side with problems ahead of Friday.
Steve Bruce is once again set to be without Callum Wilson, who could miss our next three games due to injury.
Nothing is going right for Newcastle right now, who are yet to win this season. On top of that, pressure is mounting on Steve Bruce, who took aim at the local media on Saturday.
Things aren’t about to get any easier for Bruce, as on Friday he’ll face a side who beat him twice last season.
But Leeds haven’t got off to a great start themselves. Like Newcastle, they haven’t won in the Premier League either. They sit in 17th place with two points.
Centre-back problem for Leeds vs Newcastle?
While Newcastle are missing their main striker, Leeds have issues at the back.
Liam Cooper might be the only recognised centre-back who is actually available for the game at St James’ Park.
Pascal Struijk will be suspended, after being sent off against Liverpool for his challenge on Harvey Elliott.
There are doubts over Diego Llorente, who limped off injured against the Reds. However, he has stated on Instagram that he will be ‘back soon’. Whether that means as soon as Friday remains to be seen.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been almost as bad at the back as Newcastle this season, conceding 11 goals compared to the Magpies’ 12.
But their centre-back crisis could hand Newcastle an opportunity on Friday. The likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron will be looking forward to facing a makeshift backline.
Their pace caused real problems against Manchester United, where they were facing two top centre-backs in Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane. Against players playing out of position, they could have even more joy.
While we’ve certainly got our own problems, Leeds’ defensive woes mean we have to take the game to them.
As they say, the best form of defence is attack…