The two questions which should worry Newcastle United fans

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I’ll ask you two questions: what team will Newcastle play at Aston Villa? And when will they next win a match?

I honestly believe that Steve Bruce doesn’t know his best team and is hugely damaging United’s chances by chopping and changing not only his starting XI but his tactical formation as well.

He is spreading confusion and disillusionment among the players and that’s disastrous.

In United’s last two matches he has used no fewer than 19 players which is ludicrous.

For a start how can you play Joelinton wide on the left ahead of Matt Ritchie?

Joelinton cannot cross the ball and his body language is horrendous, while Ritchie is an expert crosser and his attitude is first class. He has the clenched fist determination a manager and a team badly need when things are going wrong.

I will also ask you this: how can you start Joelinton ahead of Dwight Gayle when you are looking for goals?

Since Gayle headed the winner against West Bromwich on December 12 – the last time United were victorious – he has never started a solitary single match.

I know he was ill for the Arsenal PL game but he was only on the bench for all the others.

As for right-back Bruce has played either DeAndre Yedlin or Emil Krafth and I would have both of them out the club in the summer if not this transfer window.

Another point: if you pick Andy Carroll to partner Callum Wilson how on earth do you go without a natural winger to feed them?

Yet Bruce played Miggy Almiron one side and Joelinton the other.

Almiron does a lot of admirable things with his relentless running but he doesn’t stay wide or whip in dangerous crosses.

Having raised a lot of doubts about team selection I will go back to my second question right at the start.

Absorbing all I’ve mentioned, when will Newcastle win a game? At Villa? Home to Leeds on Tuesday night? Against Everton?

They ought to have a chance but will they pull it off? On the law of averages maybe but on the evidence of our eyes maybe not!

I feel truly sorry for the likes of Wilson, Matty Longstaff, and Ciaran Clark at the moment.

As a centre-forward myself my heart goes out to Wilson who makes runs in total isolation and hardly ever sees the ball. It’s demoralising and I think it’s beginning to show. How long can Bruce expect him to carry on without hope.

I thought Matty Longstaff worked his socks off against Arsenal but was badly let down by those around him.

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