Newcastle United were defeated 1-0 by Arsenal in their Premier League curtain-raiser, leaving Steve Bruce with more questions than answers.
The newly appointed manager replaced the popular Rafa Benitez during the summer, with some fans critical of the appointment.
Bruce added Andy Carroll to his ranks on a free transfer on deadline day, although it will take a couple of weeks for him to reach the fitness level required.
Big money signing Joelinton and Miguel Almiron were trusted in the attack yesterday, with limited success.
Almiron wasn’t quite as successful in a more central role and the Magpies missed his creativity out wide.
Newcastle aren’t blessed with loads of attacking options and that could be good news for forgotten man Dwight Gayle.
The striker is currently nursing a calf injury but Bruce has named him in his 25-man squad.
Last season he netted 24 times on loan at West Brom and the change in management at St James’ Park has offered him a Newcastle reprieve.
A partnership between Carroll and Gayle could actually work for Bruce.
It seems a bit retro on paper but done properly it could be lethal.
The little and large combination is perhaps a dying art but on yesterday’s toothless showing, Bruce will have to play around with his attack.
Joelinton played a lot of his football on the wing for Hoffenheim and that could be a way of still getting him into the team. At £40 million (The Guardian), he certainly won’t spend the season on the bench.
Gayle and Carroll in tandem could be lethal though and there unorthodox, old-fashioned style might just cause a few teams problems.
On £40,000-a-week (Spotrac) Gayle might as well be utilised and he could have a big part to play during 2019/20, once he is fit.