Date: 1st November 2019 at 7:00am
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Newcastle United have scored six goals in ten games. Leicester City scored three more than us in one game.

The front three that cost a combined £76m has one goal and no assists.

There is something majorly wrong, and it does not appear that Steve Bruce has the answers.

In every Premier League game, we have either scored no goals or one. Sometimes one goal will be enough, but on most occasions in the Premier League, it won’t be.

However, despite our attacking woes, Allan Saint-Maximin has been revealed to be Europe’s top dribbler completing, on average, 5.7 per game.

This does not surprise me, and in every game, he has played for the Toon, he has gone on mazy dribbles that have caused panic in opposition defences.

The problem for Saint-Maximin, though, is that once he has gone on his dribble, there is very rarely any end product.

He has no goals and no assists in six appearances – three of which have been starts.

However, he is clearly an asset for Newcastle and does drive us up the pitch quickly and has looked dangerous.

The problem is not Saint-Maximin; it is the fact that Newcastle have no plan on how to score goals.

It feels like Bruce is relying on the individuals on the pitch to come up with something rather than an actual attacking plan.

Once we scored on Sunday against Wolves, we should have taken the game by the scruff of the neck and added another goal, but we retreated into our own half and were lucky to come away with a point.

Saint-Maximin’s stats for dribbling prove that he can be a useful asset, but Bruce does not know how to use him, and it is limiting his impact.

 
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