Steve Bruce has finally left Newcastle United and the new era can be fully embraced.
The team are still in trouble and it is crucial that we manage to pick up some results before the January transfer window.
There will be some players that are delighted by the departure of the manager. For some, it can be a fresh start and it could revitalise their careers on Tyneside.
Below, we pick out five that will benefit from the change.
Jamal Lewis – This is a huge opportunity for Jamal Lewis to kickstart his career at Newcastle United. It was seen as an ambitious signing in the summer of 2020, as he had previously been subject to a bid from Liverpool. The Reds are one of the shrewdest clubs in the transfer market, so Lewis clearly has talent.
He was quickly discarded in 2021 and he has played just six minutes of Premier League football this season. It is clear his confidence is at an all time low, as shown by his red card during the international break. A new manager will look to integrate the left back, as he is our best option at the club. He deserves a chance and it is likely he will get one.
Fabian Schar – There has been a lot of people that want to see Schar in the team. It is beyond doubt that he is our most talented defender and that is definitely true in terms of ball-playing. If a new manager wants to implement a more attractive style of play, there will be a role for Schar.
As well as his ball playing ability, Schar is experienced at the highest level as an international. Given the defensive concerns, he deserves to be brought back into the fold. He does have some issues defensively, but so do the rest of our centre back options.
Miguel Almiron – It has been a mixed career to date for Miguel Almiron at St James’ Park. Although he didn’t get goals and assists, he transformed the team upon joining the club under Rafa Benitez. However, he has never been given a settled role under Bruce and that has caused him issues.
It is clear that there is much more to come from Almiron and any new manager will love having him in the team. His explosive pace and work rate make him perfect for a team looking to press. We should see the best from Almiron over the coming years.
Ryan Fraser – Although he was signed by Steve Bruce, it is obvious that the pair didn’t click. Fraser was barely used by Bruce and we haven’t come close to seeing the quality that he possesses. For Scotland, he continues to contribute in a big way, which shows he still has the ability to do well in the Premier League.
Like Lewis, he has been out in the cold, with just 68 minutes of Premier League football this season. If we move to a formation with wingers, he will could play a huge role between now and the transfer window.
Joelinton – Unlike Lewis and Fraser, Joelinton can’t complain about a lack of opportunities. However, he has suffered from playing under a coach that doesn’t give players a huge amount of tactical instruction.
The Brazilian has been hung out to dry since his signing and he hasn’t been given a consistent role by his manager. In Germany, he thrived under an excellent coach in Julian Nagelesmann.