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Report explains what Mike Ashley expects Steve Bruce to do at Newcastle this year

Mike Ashley and Justin Barnes expect Steve Bruce to keep Newcastle United up this season, according to The Telegraph.

Apparently, because Bruce managed to keep the club up last season, the duo believes he should be able to do the same with the current squad.

The Geordies made just one signing in the transfer window, Joe Willock, who joined from Arsenal for £20m-plus.

However, Bruce wanted to sign more players and the club were active on deadline day.

A move for Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury was a possibility, but broke down.

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Meanwhile, Newcastle could have signed Boubacar Kamara, but the player rejected a move.

It means the Magpies will go through until January, at least, with the same squad as last season.

Newcastle have failed to win any of their opening three games, losing two and drawing one.

Expectations are unrealistic

Keeping Newcastle up will be the obvious goal for everyone at St James’ Park.

However, the expectations from Ashley and Barnes of Bruce for Newcastle are massively unrealistic.

Going into a new season with the same squad as last makes relegation a real possibility.

The Magpies were lucky to stave off the threat of going down last campaign. While they did finish 17 points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, that did not paint the full picture.

Callum Wilson and Joe Willock were a huge reason why the club was so successful.

The former Bournemouth man won the club 14 points with his 12 goals, while the 22-year-old won 10 with his contributions.

That is a staggering 24, showing the massive reliance on two players.

Your luck will run out sometime and, the way Newcastle have started this season, it seems it may well do so this year.

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