Another disappointing campaign for Newcastle United
A return to form when it mattered most couldn’t sway Newcastle United fans’ feelings towards Steve Bruce. The 60-year-old is looked down upon in the North East, and although he chooses not to listen to criticism of himself, the contempt for him grows as he stays in St James’ Park.
Some might argue that if Mike Ashley remains club owner, pushing back relegation can be seen as a success. However, in reality the Magpies are a club that should push towards European places, not another championship football season.
Another disappointing season ends for Newcastle United
Being doomed to another season of mediocrity in the middle of the table is by no means the worst result in the world. However, faced with the facts, Newcastle have had a bad season.
It can be boiled down to their mid-season streak of just two wins in 18 games. The fact that they haven’t fallen into the relegation zone once in this race suggests how poor the Premier League is this season and how lucky they are because of it.
Bruce and the fans can argue as much as they want, but Newcastle haven’t worked with a limited pool of resources either. He spent £ 65million last season and £ 35million this summer. For a man who wants to get out of the club, Ashley is always willing to spend.
Only a handful of these signings were also successful. The excitement surrounding Callum Wilson materialized, the forward scoring 12 goals in 28 games. However, unlike former Bournemouth, there’s Joelinton, who has only scored 10 in 85 appearances.
As a result, it means there has been a lot of bad taste on Tyneside. A slight recovery was nice, but the message from the fans who occupy Gallowgate End remains the same – Bruce is not a wanted man in St James’ Park.
Joe Willock: Loan Savior of the Season
Joe Willock arrived on loan from Arsenal in January and set the world on fire. The youngster finished the season as the second-best scorer with eight goals.
The 21-year-old shone in an attacking midfielder role, giving the Magpies more creativity. His late-season form saw him touted for a potential England call-up, although he was ultimately not selected.
Newcastle fans are eager to see him stay at St James’ Park. Speaking recently about his future, Willock said, “We’ll see what the future holds. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to play for this wonderful club and I am happy that it went so well.
According to The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Newcastle will make an offer for the 21-year-old. Although it is priced at £ 20million, they may need to offload players in order to secure its services.
Adding Willock would allow Newcastle to be bigger
Adding Willock to their ranks on a permanent basis would allow Newcastle to be more expansive this season.
The Magpies ask players to be more offensive and create a menacing frontline, but they are often limited by Bruce’s 5-4-1 / 5-3-2 lineup.
The addition of Willock, alongside a few other summer signings, could allow them to be more expansive in the 2021/22 campaign. Willock could get behind Callum Wilson in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser occupying either wing.
Alternatively, Bruce could use a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Willock playing alongside Miguel Almiron in a more advanced role.
There are options and potential for this side of Newcastle. However, whether it can be used is the big question for supporters and spectators.
A run in the Cup alongside a successful league campaign is Newcastle United’s goal
A little ounce of positivity is all Newcastle fans are hoping for next season. They have moved closer to cup competitions in recent years, but there has not been a trophy to celebrate for a long time.
As a result, a cup race and a promising league campaign will be the Magpies’ goal next season. They want to erase the memories of their inconsistent form next season and focus on their progress in the Premier League table.
However, many won’t begin to believe until Bruce is withdrawn and Willock signed.
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