Date: 16th December 2019 at 6:49am
Written by:

Veteran Newcastle United correspondent John Gibson has launched an attack on the club’s attackers after the Magpies’ 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday.

Bruce’s side struggled to create chances without , Miguel Almiron and Saint-Maximin, and Gibson feels a lack of firepower could be the team’s undoing this season.

, , Dwight , and Yoshi Muto became not the fab four but flop four with harsh facts returning to haunt Geordies,” he wrote on The Chronicle website.

“Gayle, looked upon as the most natural finisher of them all though perhaps more in the than the Premier League, had the best opportunity but blew it.”

OPINION

You can’t really argue with Gibson’s verdict on Saturday’s defeat. It was a limp, lacklustre effort from a Newcastle side missing some of the star players who have inspired them to a string of positive results in recent weeks. The two big losses were Shelvey and Saint-Maximin, both missing through . The former has been in fantastic goalscoring form, and appears to have relished the opportunity to step into Jamaal Lascelles’ shoes at Newcastle captain. Saint-Maximin, meanwhile, is the unpredictable livewire who arguably gives opposition defenders more headaches than the rest of the Magpies’ attackers combined. It certainly looked like that at , where Carroll and Joelinton toiled in attack, and Muto and Gayle were wasteful off the substitute’s bench. This was a dispiriting result for Bruce’s team, and has probably given the Newcastle boss some food for thought heading into the . Gayle out and a new striker in? Maybe, just maybe.