Old Newcastle is aiming for Bruce; “ even the legend would struggle ”

Former Newcastle midfielder Nolberto Solano believes Steve Bruce’s negative tactics are preventing Miguel Almiron and Joelinton from scoring more goals.

The Magpies have scored just 28 top-level goals this season in as many games. He sees them stranded in 17th place in the Premier League table and in danger of falling in the league.

Sheffield United and West Brom appear doomed, but Fulham has slipped a touching distance from the Tynesiders. Scott Parker’s men are only two points behind and everything is up for grabs for the rest of the campaign.

Alone Callum wilson hit double digits in the goal tally. Almiron at four in the league while Joelinton has a lonely strike in his name.

Solano believes both players have qualities to help the team. And he feels they are crippled in their attacking efforts due to gaps in the team’s tactics.

“Joelinton can handle the climb for the headers and he wins a huge amount of aerial balls,” he told the the Chronicle. “He can also hold the ball, it’s just his conversion rate but the chances rate is low so that doesn’t help.

“Almiron has been here longer and is learning, and is now scoring a few more. But he also follows and learns the English game.

“To be honest the way Newcastle played Almiron and Joelinton do more defensive work than attacking, so take him out! It would be difficult for any player.

Solano doubts Shearer would thrive under Bruce

Solano made 314 appearances for the Magpies across two spells. He played for Newcastle teams known for their attacking football.

But it’s been a very different story this season. The team lack creativity and the former Peruvian international believes even his former teammate would struggle.

“If you don’t create chances it’s hard for any striker, even Alan Shearer would be okay with that,” he added. “I’ve played with world class forwards, but if you don’t work the ball in the box what do you expect them to do?”

Newcastle will face another match ahead of the international break. They face Brighton in a huge clash at the Amex on Saturday.

The Northeastern team’s victory would see them climb above the Seagulls in the standings. But the loss, coupled with Fulham beating Leeds on Friday, would see Bruce’s side in the bottom three.

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