Newcastle man insists they want to play an ‘attacking game’ in 21/22

Lewis Oldham
Newcastle United

Newcastle United attacker Jacob Murphy has insisted that they want to be playing an “attacking game” under Steve Bruce in 2021/22.

Last season was up-and-down for the Magpies. They started the season steadily as they sat in the mid-table positions.

But between the end of December and the start of April, they won just two out of 16 games in the Premier League. This run saw them plummet down the table as they found themselves in a relegation battle.

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Newcastle managed to end the campaign well though as they finished 12th in the top flight.

Bruce has been criticised during his reign so far for being so negative. His side scored 46 goals from their 38 Premier League games last term.

In an interview cited by the Shields Gazette, Murphy suggested that he and his teammates are attempting to implement an attacking style going forward:

“We finished the last 11 games strongly. The last 11 games was top-six form, there or thereabouts.

“You know, we want to put in those kind of performances from the start, and see where we end up. We played well in those 11 games.

“We had a bad middle and a good start. If we can sort out that middle part of the season, then, you know, it’s not going to be doom and gloom.

“It’s getting that consistency, and you can see the style we’re now trying to implement, playing out from the back, working the ball through the thirds. We want to add that to our strong, attacking game.

“It’s a process, piece by piece. If we can put them together, then we should be putting in really strong performances from the start.”

Bruce is set to be offered a new three-year deal at Newcastle United, according to reports. 

Dean Saunders has suggested that he “deserves” a new contract purely for working with Mike Ashley:

“He [Bruce] gets criticised for the team not playing attractive football but I think he deserves a new contract.

“For working with Mike Ashley, he deserves a new contract.

“Well, he has got his hands tied, [but still] they finished 13th.

“He is not shopping in the top shelf; he is shopping three stores down somewhere to try and get his players.

“So, he has been given the minimum amount of money and if keeps Newcastle in the league, I think he has done a good job.”