Four games into the new season and Newcastle still find themselves without a win. Three of those fixtures have seen the Magpies take only one point so far in the league, and the fourth being a very disappointing cup exit. Boos escalated after the 2-2 draw against Southampton when the final whistle blew, however unfortunately for us Newcastle fans Steve Bruce will not walk away and the board will have no desire to sack the current Head Coach at this time. The serious concern should be how much longer will the fans stay with this current team. With a fair few seats empty with the attendance reaching 44,017, it seems a combination of generations have decided enough is enough.
Despite a promising first half against West Ham on the opening weekend, there's been little to be encouraged about. Apart from Allan Saint-Maximin's performances and Callum Wilson's ability in the eighteen yard box, I've struggled to see any form of a tactical approach which will set us up to get a result. The words identity and philosophy get thrown around a lot in this modern era, Newcastle United don't have one and what's more worrying is that we don't seem to be able to adapt. We have one game plan, sit back and hope to break on the counter with Saint-Maximin, Almiron and Wilson. It's fair to say without Wilson and Saint-Maximin we pose no real attacking threat, and it was proved last season when both fell injured post Christmas and we went on a run that saw us not win a league game in nine. They both unfortunately are prone to injury and I can't see another attacking player coming in as back-up. So we all know what the result of this will be if this set up and style of play continues, which is another season fighting relegation.
Although squad depth is an issue, I'm still convinced with a younger coach we could be a team on the front foot and look to break into the top ten. Having acquired Joe Willock as those extra legs in midfield and the attacking threat of the two mentioned, with Miguel Almiron playing in behind, we can cause teams problems. But we know the modern game demands attention to detail which we don't have under the Steve Bruce. This squad still hold a high percentage of players who played in the Championship under Rafa Benitez back in 2016/17. We currently sit top of the league in the Under 23's, so the question surely raised should be why can't we start bringing in lads from the youth? The answer is purely down to risk and Steve Bruce and his coaching staff are not willing to take it. One man however I think could be the key to bringing excitement back to Newcastle and identifying those young men who could play with energy and enthusiasm, which all football fans love.
If we continue to go on a run with no wins on the board and Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have no choice, I believe Frank Lampard would give the players a boost they need and create a completely different atmosphere in the ground and City. He was brilliant in the loan market at Derby, which is a market Newcastle will only operate in whilst Mike Ashley is still owner of the football club. He managed a Chelsea Team with youth and no ability to improve the squad whilst they were given a transfer ban for the season back in 2019/20. We need a different direction under this regime and I really hope it comes sooner rather than later.