The statistic that proves Steve Bruce's defensive tactics work – and Newcastle United's quality at the back
Newcastle United have one of the most organised, well-drilled defensive units outside of the Premier League big boys.
It may not seem like it to some, but there now seems to be a clear plan at United. They are a counter-attack team, happy to let the opposition dominate, while transitioning at pace to create disarray in the opposition half.
That system ask A LOT of the players in it. The striker must, at times, plough a lone furrow while midfielders and full-backs must press, cover and provide width at both ends. Defensively, too, this style of play ask a lot of those in the back three.