Årets sista match för Liverpool spelas ikväll, motståndare är Newcastle. Steve Bruce lag placerar sig just nu strax ovanför den absoluta bottenstriden och vi kan nog räkna med ett lag som backar hem, kanske inte lika tydligt som WBA, men det krävs en rejäl höjning i prestation av våra spelare för att det ska bli tre poäng. Som vanligt när vankas möte med Newcastle har vi vänt oss till Jake Jackmann(@JakeJackmann), här berättar han om hur skatorna mår idag.
1. Tell us about the start of the season, are you satisfied with the way the team has performed?
Results wise it has been okay, but the football is draining and it isn’t particularly fun to be a Newcastle United fan right now, the latest quotes from Bruce show how the club views football and attendances were falling at SJP before the pandemic, I think it could be at its lowest when normality resumes.
2. How would you describe the way Steve Bruce wants Newcastle to play?
He doesn’t really have a style, he talks about how he’d like the team to be attacking but there is no evidence of that on the pitch. We are the most passive and defensive team in the Premier League. Despite setting up to defend, our keeper is one of the busiest in the league. We sit deep, are easy to break down and offer little in attack. The league table is a lie really. We are one of the worst three teams in the league.
3. You signed Jamal Lewis this summer, a player who almost signed for Liverpool, according to rumors. How has he performed so far?
He is very raw. He has shown some good flashes down the left wing, but defensively he still has a lot to learn. Under the right coach, he could develop into a very good Premier League full back. At this point, we haven’t seen much development, which is a shame
4. What are your expectations on Newcastle this season?
If we stay up with Steve Bruce as manager, that would be a success. That still needs to be the primary aim. This club is currently existing until a takeover happens.
5. You have Swedish defender Emil Krafth in your team, what are your thoughts on him?
He’s been solid when he has played but he seems to be behind both Yedlin and Manquillo, which is a worry when the former seems to have no future at the club. I’d like to see him play more as he seems to be the one of the three that can do well at both ends of the pitch. For some reason, Bruce doesn’t agree.
6. The transfer window is only a week away, do you expect any new signings at Newcastle?
It’s come out this week that there is no money to strengthen the squad. We might see a loan or two, with the likes of Rojo, Saliba and Tomori linked. That’s the type of deal we might see as Bruce wants another centre back
7. What kind of game do you expect against Liverpool?
I’d expect Liverpool to dominate possession, have a lot of shots and probably score a few goals. Watching Newcastle lately has given me little optimism that we can get any sort of result. It’s frustrating as we have the talent to be a lot better to watch, but sadly we have a coach that can’t deliver it.