It hasn’t been the worst start to the season for Newcastle United, as Steve Bruce has quickly turned the struggles at the beginning of the season around. The Toon were rooted in the relegation places just a few weeks ago, but that seems like a distant memory after a string of impressive performances.
The arrival of Bruce saw the Toon start the new season among the favourites for relegation, but punters can now use betway88.com to ensure that they can get the best possible returns on bets for the Geordie club to stay in the division. However, there will still be some areas of the field that the club may look at over the winter in order to ease any further relegation talk in the area.
The attacking third has been the biggest problem for the Toon, and goals for Joelinton are few and far between. The club are desperately missing Ayoze Perez and Solomon Rondon this season, and the Brazilian has failed to get the blood pumping of the fans. He certainly works hard for the team, but whether he has that deft touch which is needed of a goalscorer in the Premier League remains to be seen. Without a prolific striker, the Betway88 odds on the Toon to be relegated will shorten.
The Toon do also have Dwight Gayle sitting in reserve and whether he is of Premier League quality is also up for debate. Andy Carroll hasn’t been able to perform to his level just yet due to the recurrence of injuries, and that may mean that the club will look to bring in another striker just to make sure that there is a threat at the business end of the field.
Experienced Holding Midfielder
The recent form of Sean and Matthew Longstaff has ensured that this isn’t as vital as it may have been a few games ago. But, the Toon could still do with an experienced head in the middle of the park to take control of games that may get away from the Geordies. Jonjo Shelvey has been given enough time at the club, and he has failed to grasp the position and make it his own, and that could prove to be a problem.
Luka Milivojevic would have been the perfect player that the Toon should be looking at, but it’s unlikely that they could tempt Crystal Palace into selling their captain, so they will have to use the midfielder as a template of the kind of player that they should be signing.
The signing of Miguel Almiron was meant to solve a lot of problems in the attacking third for the Magpies, but he is yet to truly settle in. There is no doubting that he has the quality, but form is something that is letting him down. He works tirelessly for the club and has pace to burn, but the creativity is something that is costing the Toon in the attacking third, and that ensures they go into most games as outsiders with Betway88.
That is highlighted by the fact that only Watford and Crystal Palace have scored fewer than the Toon. That will need to change if they are to ease their relegation concerns.