Newcastle fans were dismayed by Steve Bruce’s Newcastle tactics during the humiliating defeat at Norwich on Saturday, and their concerns have been echoed by striker Yoshinori Muto.

With the Magpies being second best all over the park, it would be hard to single out just one area as being worse than the others.

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But up front, there was absolutely nothing to feel positive about, with Joelinton struggling on his own, as Miguel Almiron kept dropping deeper to get the ball, leaving the Brazilian striker to plough a lone furrow.

When Joelinton went off with an injury, Muto did not fare any better, which led the Japanese striker to tell the Chronicle: “It was really hard. I felt isolated and I was always surrounded by three or four opponents.

“As a forward that was very tough. As a team we struggled overall.

“I’d like to change things.”

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Muto is the first player to openly criticise the style of play adopted on Saturday, and what he said is exactly what pundits and fans have been saying.


Tactics must be used that suit the players on the pitch

He and Joelinton are two very different forwards. Muto, pacy and with good, quick feet; Joelinton big, strong and good at holding the ball up.

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But at Norwich, the system did not suit either of them, and nothing changed when Muto came onto the field.

If Joelinton is stuck up top on his own, who is he meant to flick it on to? Who is he meant to hold it up for?

And if Muto is on, how is he meant to win aerial balls as a lone striker, given he is just 5ft 8in tall?

They are mind-boggling tactics, and if players are starting to question them after just two games, then something is clearly not right, and things must be changed on the pitch – starting with Tottenham on Sunday.

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