Alan Shearer has explained he expects to see more of Newcastle United playing a 5-4-1 formation, as it lead them to great success against Tottenham at the weekend.
Steve Bruce’s team picked up their first points of the Premier League season on Sunday by winning 1-0 away at Spurs.
The Magpies netted through new number nine Joelinton and gave everyone around St James’ Park a much-needed lift.
Newcastle had opted for a 5-3-2 system at the beginning of the campaign, but manager Bruce switched it around against Spurs and found great success.
Goalscorer Joelinton lead the line excellently and had great support from wide man, while defensively they were far too organised for Spurs to cut apart.
Newcastle legend hailed the performance against Spurs and has predicted Bruce to stick with the new system.
“For Newcastle, their own surprise win [against Tottenham] came thanks to their 5-4-1 formation. It is only one game, but it worked to perfection,” Shearer told BBC Sport.
“It would be surprising if we did not see that system again in the future.”
Newcastle’s brilliant away performance against Spurs proved they can dig in against the bigger teams and they now have a template to follow.
Joelinton, 23, looks a real handful in attack and there is plenty of pace in wide areas to support him.
But the dilemma comes in home matches against lesser opponents and that is where Bruce needs to find answer.
After the Carabao Cup tie with Leicester City on Wednesdays, the Magpies host bottom of the league Watford on Saturday and they need to be positive.