This is why striking statistic 'doesn't worry' Steve Bruce
Newcastle United have averaged less than 30% possession this season – but Steve Bruce is “not worried”.
Bruce decided to follow in the footsteps of predecessor Rafa Benitez and play a defensive, counter-attacking game after the club’s 5-0 defeat to Leicester City in September.
The change has paid dividends for United, 11th in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s game against Burnley at Turf Moor.
“I don’t think the way we’re based, and the way we are, we’re going to dominate possession against anybody,” said head coach Bruce. “But that doesn’t concern me because of the way we play.
“If you play a back five, then usually you’re a bit deep, you’re slightly deeper than playing a back four. That doesn’t worry me. As long as we look a threat and can score a goal, that’s fine. Playing a back five, you have to be a bit more patient, but still have that threat at the top end.”