After the incredible goalscoring start Callum Wilson has enjoyed, it’s only fair to assume that the striker would be hoping his manager try and either build the side around him, or play to his strengths.
Newcastle’s summer striker had bagged six goals in seven Premier League games prior to the clash against Southampton on Friday night, and that form surely warranted Steve Bruce to really try and tap into that a little bit more.
Instead, the Magpies inexplicably sat back even more and showed virtually little attacking intent, and it was no surprise to see them fall meekly to a 2-0 defeat on the south cast.
And when you look at Wilson’s display, it’s hard not to feel sorry for him.
As per Sofascore, the England international managed just 21 touches of the ball, 15 less than goalkeeper Karl Darlow. And if that wasn’t sad or damning enough, then the fact he made just four total passes in the 78 minutes he was on the pitch before he was substituted with an injury, said it all.
It’s a crying shame that even despite signing a Premier League proven striker, Newcastle show no desire to play the kind of football that could get the best out of him.
Instead, even with their talented attacking players like Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin for example, they continue to play one way, and one way only.
And sure enough, with Wilson feeding off scraps all night (and even ‘scraps’ is a bit of a reach), he pulled up with a hamstring injury and was forced to go off.
Now, the Magpies face the prospect of being without their one genuine goal-scorer for the next game and potentially even more. All in all, it was a very sobering night for Newcastle, and one that raises major questions about Bruce’s tactics.