According to the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope, several Newcastle players were concerned by Steve Bruce’s decision to change formation once again before Saturday’s trip to Leicester City.
The North-East reporter reveals that many players felt they were ‘settled’ with a three-man defence – a system that had been used by both Benitez and Bruce – however the latter appeared to make a late change after Jetro Willems was ruled out with a knee injury.
As a result, Hope claims that Jamaal Lascelles will make Bruce aware of the players concerns in a meeting this week.
It’s time they got their heads together and sorted this mess out, but would this have ever happened under Rafa Benitez? No chance.
You can see why Bruce opted for a back four, with injury issues at left wing-back and both Dummett and Krafth having plenty experience of playing at full-back, but it’s quite alarming that he has now toyed with as many formations in 7 games as Rafa Benitez did in three and a half years. It stinks of a manager who doesn’t trust what he’s doing and lacks a definitive plan.
If he doesn’t quite know what he’s doing or what he’s trying to achieve, how do we expect the players to look organised and raring to go?
Bruce’s shortcomings don’t justify the total lack of effort and fight on display at Leicester – the player were nowhere near good enough and let us down – but it seems clear that our squad don’t quite know what’s expected of them.