Steve Bruce wants to bring in players who can “cover ground” in the middle of the pitch, which is an area he is looking at in the January transfer window, according to the Chronicle.
Having watched both Longstaffs overrun the Manchester United midfield two weeks ago, a remarkable stat emerged that showed the brothers had covered more ground than any other player on the pitch.
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So does he need to strengthen that area, or would he be better served looking elsewhere, like a right-winger, for example?
Commenting on Bruce’s preferred style of play, the report claimed: “To play the way he wants, Bruce would ideally like more energy in the middle of the park – players who cover ground – and physical players who can push up.”
Well I would suggest that in the Longstaffs, he has both those things.
January spending should focus on a right-winger
They covered an incredible 22.38km between them in the last game, and by being on the edge of the opposition box to slam home the winning goal, having already hit the crossbar in the first half, it is fair to say Matty Longstaff can certainly push up.
Granted Matty may not play every game, but surely it seems odd to be spending money on something you clearly already have.
In January, the priority must be plugging gaps that were left from the summer dealings, and the failure to bring in a wide player for the right flank was a mistake.
That should be the main target area during the winter sales, and in Jarrod Bowen – an alleged target – you have a player who would vastly improve the position, and give Mike Ashley his precious youngster who can have a big sell-on value.
Failure to address the position in two successive windows would be negligent, and they simply have to bring someone in for the second half of the season.