How would you describe Newcastle United this past season?
The NUFC style of play, what words would you use for that?
As Newcastle United fans, what about the team’s characteristics, the strengths and weaknesses over the course of this 2022/23 season?
I came across this very interesting Newcastle United analysis from Whoscored, this is what their automated technical data came up with for this season just ended…
Newcastle United Style of Play
Attempt through balls often
Take a lot of shots
Attempt crosses often
Control the game in the opposition’s half
Attack through the middle
Consistent first eleven
Opponents play aggressively against them
Newcastle United characteristics
Attacking set pieces (Very Strong)
Creating chances through individual skill (Very Strong)
Creating scoring chances (Very Strong)
Aerial duels (Very Strong)
Shooting from direct free kicks (Strong)
Defending set pieces (Strong)
Counter Attacks (Strong)
Protecting the lead (Strong)
Creating long shot opportunities (Strong)
What do you think?
Well, I reckon the automated technical data couldn’t have done a better job.
The above very much reflects what we have all seen with our own eyes.
The only weakness is getting caught offside too often…
Which actually isn’t even that much of a negative, as you need to be doing a lot of attacking to be regularly caught offside.
I can’t help but wonder what the automated technical data would have came out with, when describing the Newcastle United characteristics and style of play back in August and September 2021, with Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley still running things…