‘The blokes clueless’ – These Newcastle fans call for change in bid to solve key flaw

A selection of Newcastle United supporters have called for Steve Bruce to make changes in the Toon’s set-up against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, in a bid to solve the key flaw with the head coach’s favoured system.

Bruce has utilised a 3-5-2 formation in our opening fixtures of the Premier League campaign, but the congested engine room has stifled the side’s creativity, with club-record signing Joelinton cutting a desolate figure in attack.

Even a late cameo appearance against Norwich City was enough for Yoshinori Muto to leave the game convinced that the set-up was flawed, as the Japan striker failed to see a connection between what was supposedly our forward line and the midfielders tasked with sparking a turnaround.

Reports have suggested a move to a four-man backline may be inbound for our trip to North London, with Bruce considering changes after back-to-back defeats suggested his favoured system is not the best equipped for the squad at hand.

For the St James’ Park faithful, this would likely be a welcome amendment, as fans have frequently criticised Bruce’s 3-5-2 on social media since he first took to the St James’ Park dugout, and are now calling for at least a return of the 3-4-3 favoured by Rafa Benitez.

Other Toon fans have suggested alternate formations entirely, with supporters suggesting that it may be worth trying a four-man defence sat in behind a midfield diamond against Tottenham, or ditch a two-striker system so that Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin can play in advanced roles on the wings, and offer Joelinton the support he desperately needed at Carrow Road.

However, Bruce sought to clarify our set-up in his pre-game press conference on Friday, and revealed there will not be any changes to the formation.

“We may tinker a bit and change a couple of things, [but] it’s too early to change formations,” he noted, via quotes by the Chronicle.

Here’s what these fans have shared ahead of our trip to North London…

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