The front three still needs some classic Pep tinkering. It would seem that the creative players need some time to get used to having a target man up top.
However, Pep seems adamant that Grealish will fit into the system. Whilst he always looks bright, dangerous and has flare, as last season he is lacking in the final third.
Despite his massive booboo against Bournemouth, he still managed an assist and a goal. I don’t think he will be making the mistake of ignoring a Haaland tap in opportunity again anytime soon.
Similar to De Bruyne, he could be having an off game and still produce some crucial match winning magic. It would be harsh to leave out Mahrez as he scored the third of four in the 21/22 Newcastle vs. Manchester City fixture.
Whilst he did not get his goal for him home debut, Haaland managed an assist while holding off challenges flying in left, right and centre.
He dragged round the Bournemouth defence like his very own rag dolls, creating space for City’s attack to break through.
Something that has been quite the surprise to blues, is Pep’s use of substitutions so far. Last season leaving fans baffled as he fought for the new five subs rule, but rarely making subs when he could make 3.
The squad is big enough to do well, though we can all acknowledge that the size of the squad isn’t what it was. Will this give Pep utilise five subs allowance to give the squad players more opportunities?
Newcastle vs. Manchester City on Sunday, kick off at 16:30pm. Don’t miss it, blues!