Steve Bruce dismisses calls for this change from Newcastle United fans

Steve Bruce is ready to keep faith with his Newcastle United formation.

Saturday, 24th August 2019, 7:00 am
Updated Saturday, 24th August 2019, 7:00 am

Bruce's side takes on Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow on the back of successive Premier League defeats.

United's head coach has set up his team in a 3-5-2 formation so far this season, and there were calls for him to change the system in the wake of last weekend's 3-1 defeat to Norwich City

Bruce said he would "take a look" at his tactics at Carrow Road.

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However, the 58-year-old – whose side was beaten 1-0 by Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season – has suggested that he will keep faith with the formation, though there could be changes to the personnel at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

"When you lose a game you can either change formation or the individuals," said Bruce. "For large periods against Arsenal, we gave as good as we got against a very good team.

"I don’t think it was anything to do with tactics or formations against Norwich. I think it was collectively, individually, we didn’t do enough – that was pretty evident for all of us to see."

Joelinton, signed from Hoffenheim in a £40million deal this summer, struggled against Norwich before leaving the field with a hip problem.

Asked if the 22-year-old was a natural goalscorer, Bruce said: "He’s only young.

"He played a lot on the left-hand side for Hoffenheim. He’s young enough to go and learn. He could have scored against Arsenal. But I think we have to get (Miguel) Almiron involved higher up the pitch."