Newcastle note: The striker issue United are struggling with

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Newcastle United ended the season lackluster on the South Coast with a stalemate against the Seagulls.Martin Dubravka kept his side in the game with excellent saves but Andy Carroll missed a chance to win it to death.

However, after the game, Steve Bruce tried to look on the positive side after a point accumulated and a clean sheet.

The reality is Newcastle need to do a lot better against teams below them and United have been detained twice at Brighton this quarter.

Newcastle definitely need another striker this summer

I asked Steve Bruce at the post-game press conference if he’ll be looking for a new center-forward this summer.

He admitted a new striker was on his mind but United need four or five players in total.

With Joelinton clearly not a goalscorer and needing better quality around him, Bruce will have to look for more threat again in the final third.

Yoshinori Muto has been unlucky this season as Andy Carroll won’t be a 90-minute man.

Carroll is definitely an option to turn to from the bench, but it’s not the future at 31.

Dwight Gayle is worth hanging on and will get goals with the serve, but fans need a boost this summer.

After paying £ 40million for Joelinton, Mike Ashley will have to look for a striker again if he’s still around.

If they don’t turn draws like this into wins, they’ll never move up the table.




Where would the Magpies be without Martin Dubravka?

It was Dubravka’s 11th clean sheet of the season and his 26th overall for the Magpies.

Newcastle don’t have a man of 20 goals a year like in the good old days of Alan Shearer or Les Ferdinands.

So they depend on Dubravka to rectify the points with screens like this.

United paid just £ 4million for Dubravka a few years ago.

He’s easily one of the best stopers in the Premier League and Europe.




The season will end with Newcastle no higher than 13th

The Magpies were flirting with the top 10 a few weeks ago but have reached poor form.

Not beating Brighton means they can’t finish higher than 13th.

And their hopes of breaking the 45-point mark last season are now on the line.

To do that they would need a win over the Champions and if they give chances like they did in Brighton and miss the keepers like they have in the last few weeks, there is only only one winner on Sunday.

Finishing 13th is not a disaster, but by the same token, Newcastle are wide open to criticism suggesting the club are not going anywhere under Mike Ashley.

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