The remarkable statistic which puts Newcastle United bottom of the Premier League – but Steve Bruce is using it to the Magpies' advantage
Newcastle United are finally starting to forge a Premier League identity under Steve Bruce.
While they lack consistency and strikers who can score goals, they are starting to create and have, in recent weeks, caused some of the best sides in the Premier League problems.
This success has been built using Rafa Benitez’s 2018/19 notes, with a few Bruce tweaks. It still largely relies upon a solid defensive base, three at the back and the midfield which guided United out of the Championship, but an injection of pace, and quality out wide is making all the difference.
One key statistic stands out like a sore thumb for United this season – and it’s possession.
Here’s how the Magpies rank in terms of Premier League possession percentages – and it's shockingly low. But as Bruce’s Magpies proved on Saturday against Manchester City, it’s what you do with the ball, not how much you have it, that matters.
Below is the Premier League possession percentages ranked from 1-20. Click through to find out Newcastle’s percentage.