Newcastle United took a point against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League last night.
The Magpies took the lead through Jamaal Lascelles but were pegged back by Ruben Neves not long after.
It was actually a missed opportunity in the end for Steve Bruce, whose players lacked a cutting edge at St. James’ Park.
Joelinton, Joe Willock and Miguel Almiron all had good opportunities, and finishing practise will likely be on the agenda before the enxt game against West Bromwich Albion.
Unfortunately for Newcastle, two key players had to depart early against Wolves
Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin both got injured and are to be assessed.
Bruce said after the game that he feared the worst about Almiron (via Chronicle), and Saint-Maximin has proven pretty fragile since arriving at the club in 2019.
Should both have to miss a number of games with their respective issues, then Bruce badly needs Ryan Fraser to step up.
Newcastle need Fraser to come good
Fraser, 27, has had a fairly underwhelming start to his Newcastle career, but with Callum Wilson, Almiron and Saint-Maximin all on the sidelines, he will have to take some ownership of the situation.
Fraser is a big talent, and his assist for Lascelles’ goal was a reminder of that.
In 2018/19, Fraser was electric for Bournemouth, scoring seven goals and providing 14 assists in 38 games for the Cherries.
If Newcastle are going to be without arguably their three best players for the next few weeks, then he simply has to step up.