In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Rob Lee, who made 332 appearances for Newcastle United, can not understand why the Magpies are persisting with their split striker system and believes it has Graeme jones’ fingerprints all over it.
Lee, whose son Elliot Lee played for Luton Town under Jones, believes it is the assistant manager who is behind this new system which he claims almost got the Hatters relegated under his guidance.
Newcastle have had to cope without Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron because of injury, which has not helped their faltering system which looks more and more peculiar and ineffective every game.
Speaking on Jones’ split striker system and how Newcastle don’t have the calibre of player to carry it out, Lee told FFC exclusively:
“It’s the Graeme Jones way of playing and that’s what he does. He did it at Luton and almost took them down playing this way.
“I don’t know why he does it. I suppose if you’ve got the right players you could possibly do it but for me, if you’re playing Dwight Gayle, you’ve got to play him up front.
“Playing Dwight Gayle wide is like playing, and I’m not comparing him to Shearer I never would, but you wouldn’t play him out wide. I just don’t get why, with the players, we’ve got, why we’re playing like that.”
Steve Bruce confirmed that this is the way Newcastle prepare and play now so, that’s how they’ll set up in their most important game of the season on Saturday against Brighton.
Since Callum Wilson picked up a hamstring injury against Southampton Newcastle’s top scorer has been Jamaal Lascelles as their final third woes continue.