The former Crystal Palace owner, who hired our Bruce briefly in 2001, was talking about our current state of affairs on his regular mid-morning slot alongside Jim White and Danny Murphy.
Jordan believes that our gaffer is getting between ’90-95%’ out of the current crop and that if we are to move forward aesthetically, we need to recruit better players in order to become more pleasing on the eye.
Another point he raises is that Rafa Benitez also played a tedious style of football but was worshipped rather than despised by the majority of Newcastle fans.
That may be true to an extent, but the Spaniard was never given the same financial backing as Bruce by Mike Ashley and had a much poorer pool of attackers until Almiron arrived a few months before he left.
Benitez had to keep us in the league with a limited side as we adopted a ‘sell to buy’ policy throughout his time here, for reasons that only Ashley himself can answer why.
Some of our forward players in the current squad give us the option to become a real, attack-minded side. We have pace and talent at our disposal with the likes of Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Fraser and Wilson all capable of getting at any Premier League backline.
This is not something that Benitez has during his time here, making Jordan’s argument fall short for me.