It seems Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle were not happy whatsoever after Saturday night’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton.
According to The Mail’s Craig Hope, both stormed off down the tunnel straight after the final whistle and did not reappear for the warm down, with the striker’s seemingly baffled by their total lack of involvement in a game we never looked like scoring in.
It’s little surprise that the unused duo cut dispirited figures as they had to watch on while a toothless Toon managed just one shot on target, in a game where the Seagulls were in total control from start to finish.
A half-fit Miggy Almiron was given the nod in the false nine role, with goal-shy Joelinton also playing up front in a slightly wider position.
For Bruce to leave two strikers sat on the bench all game shows exactly how much trust he must have in either of them to score a goal. Either that or he’s insisting on playing without strikers when fielding this 4-3-1-2 formation!
Carroll’s record since returning to Tyneside has been abysmal, yes, but one thing we seriously lack right now is fight and the big Geordie gives you that in abundance.
Gayle must also be fed up – especially when Bruce always talks up the fact he tried to sign him yet never actually plays him!
We have almost two weeks to devise a plan that can help us beat Spurs at home. It would be nice if Bruce had them out on the training ground working away at, but instead he’s handed them SIX days off across the next nine if Hope’s latest piece for The Mail is anything to go by!