Who are Newcastle’s danger men?
16 Dec 2020 08:29 am, by YorkshireSquare
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Who are Newcastle United’s danger men?
Steve Bruce’s teams never get the heart racing do they? They don’t set the world on fire and this Newcastle team is no exception. But they do have players who can pose a threat, as demonstrated by Miguel Almiron as he gave the Magpies the lead after only 20 seconds against West Brom on Saturday. From the West Brom kick-off, a long ball saw Branislav Ivanovic outmuscled by Callum Wilson, with Joelinton collecting the ball to square for the free Almiron, who finished from an angle. West Brom came back into the game to draw level but Dwight Gayle's strike against the club where he once spent time on loan gave Newcastle the points.
But who do you think the biggest danger is against Leeds tonight? Top scorer Callum Wilson has netted 7 times this season and made 2 assists. Joelinton has 3 whilst Miguel Almirón and Jacob Murphy have a brace each. Steve Bruce also has options to change things from the bench with Dwight Gayle returning from injury in style. In his 20 minute cameo on Saturday he had 2 shots, both on target with one nestling in the back of the net. He also picked up the man of the match award. Bruce can also call upon 6 ft 4 in Andy Carroll to call upon who would be sure to cause trouble to Leeds United’s and their aerial weaknesses at the back.
Have Leeds lost their physical advantage?
Marcelo Bielsa inherited a mid-table Championship side and turned them into champions. A big part of that transformation has been the fitness levels of the players and the amount they run in each game. In the Championship this elevated Leeds above the opposition as they struggled to keep up with the physical demands placed on them by Leeds. But in the Premiership the opposition are fitter and stronger than their Championship counterparts. Are Leeds starting to lose their physical advantage? Leeds started the Premier League season with an intensity that teams couldn’t cope with, Liverpool and Manchester City game off the pitch exhausted.
But more recently team seem to have been able to cope with Leeds better. Marcelo Bielsa revealed that against West Ham Leeds put in their second-best game in the physical aspect, the only game they have run more in was against Aston Villa. But it was to no avail! West Ham sat back and counter attacked, making Leeds work harder and they were fit enough to stay in the game and trouble Leeds right to the end. The week before Chelsea matched Leeds in terms of their physical effort and in the second half dominated. Have Leeds lost their physical edge, do we now need more craft and guile to come out on top in the Premier League?
Are Greenwood and Gelhardt ready for the first team?
Leeds United’s U23 side currently sit top of the second tier of Premier League 2 following a 3-2 victory against Aston Villa on Sunday. Whilst the headlines were made this summer with the signings of Rodrigo and Raphinha there were two equally exciting signings made for the U23s in Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt. Between them they have scored 10 goals in 10 games so far this season. The pair are also versatile, capable of playing centre forward or in behind, switching roles and working as a pair.
Bielsa revealed Joe Gelhardt is a player who is very dangerous close to the box and Sam Greenwood is the player who has a lot of capacity to arrive into the free spaces. Given the excellent start both have had to the season for the U23s are they ready to make the bench for the first team? Could they offer something different than Tyler Roberts offers?
Pre-Match Debate - Can we break these horrible stats?
Newcastle are unbeaten in their last five away league games against Leeds (W4 D1), with this their first meeting since a 2-0 Championship win in November 2016. Their last defeat at Elland Road was in the Premier League in September 1999 (2-3). Newcastle have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games in Yorkshire (W9 D3), losing 0-1 at Huddersfield in August 2017.
1) Will we WIN, LOSE or DRAW?
2) Will we keep a clean sheet
3) Who will be LUFC's most influential player tonight
4) Do you rate Steve Bruce
5) Who are Newcastle’s most influential/dangerous players?
6) If there is one player you could pluck from the current Newcastle team, who would it be?
7) What are your favourite Leeds v Newcastle moments at ER from years gone by?
8) Who are your favourite Newcastle players from the past?