Date: 12th February 2020 at 6:00pm
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Lots of Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media, after it was shared that Steve Bruce’s Magpies currently average the least possession among Europe’s top-five leagues.

Bruce has overseen 25 top-flight games since succeeding Rafa Benitez in the St. James’ Park dugout, in which we have taken eight wins, seven draws and ten defeats with a goal difference of minus-12.

Despite conceding 36 times to the 24 goals scored, results have been strong enough for the club to sit 12th in the Premier League table and with a seven-point lead over the relegation places.

We have also claimed our 31-point haul having averaged an astonishingly poor 39.4% of possession, to make us the only club competing in the Premier League, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A or La Liga to average under 40 per cent, per WhoScored data.

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German side Augsburg come second with an average of 41.1%, followed by Premier League side Burnley (42.8%), Italian outfit Brescia (43.5%) and Spanish club Deportivo Alaves (44%).

Sheffield United, who are currently fifth in the Premier League standings and two points outside the Champions League places, are averaging the third-lowest possession for English top-flight sides with 44.3% – the ninth-worst in Europe’s top-five leagues.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Bruce’s Magpies averaging the worst possession among Europe’s top-five leagues…

In other Newcastle United news, a £20m midfielder’s agent has confirmed his client would consider joining the Magpies this summer.

 
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