Following in the footsteps of former manager Rafa Benitez will be a tough task for new Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce this season. The Spanish coach was loved by the St James’ Park faithful. However, it is Bruce who is leading the Magpies into the new Premier League campaign.
Newcastle enjoyed a busy summer. They have certainly improved their attacking contingent, despite losing the likes of Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez. However, the arrivals of Allan Saint-Maximin, Andy Carroll and Joelinton, who was signed for a club-record fee of £40 million, should provide the fans with plenty of reasons for optimism.
Bruce is determined to take advantage of the attacking talent in his squad. As quoted by Sky Sports, Bruce has stated, “I’ve always said that you’re only ever as good as your strikers…We have to cause the other teams a threat, we have that threat now. A team of mine will always try to play on the front foot if we can…We’ve brought in some very good players who I’m sure the supporters will enjoy watching”.
Benitez found success with Newcastle by playing a defensive, conservative style of football. Bruce may be planning to overhaul that philosophy to put his own stamp on the club. However, he must be careful not to implement an attacking mindset that comes at the cost of sacrificing the club’s defensive solidity that has served them so well in recent seasons.