‘I am bored watching Newcastle…. let’s get some excitement back’: Kieron Dyer SLAMS his old side and says they have failed to entertain for the last FIVE YEARS in the Premier League
- Former Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer has derided his former club as boring
- The Magpies scored only seven goals in the opening six games of the campaign
- Boss Steve Bruce was criticised for the lack of potency his side showed last term
- Dyer helped Newcastle build a reputation for creativity between 1999 and 2007
Former Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer has criticised his old club for being ‘boring’ over the last five years in the Premier League.
Of the teams outside of the Premier League’s bottom four, only Wolves had found the net fewer times than Steve Bruce’s side before a goalless first half between the two goal-shy teams at Molineux on Sunday.
Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey’s six goals made him the only player to score more than four for the club in the Premier League last season.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce saw his side struggle to threaten again as they travelled to Wolves
Ex-England international Dyer told Sky Sports: ‘Steve Bruce has done a good job but I am bored watching Newcastle.
‘They are boring – just grinding out results. Newcastle were the entertainers. Let’s get some excitement back.
‘Newcastle have been boring for the last five years. Look at this team today – surely there are some goals in this team.
‘They are going to have to have a go. It could go horribly wrong, but let’s have a go and score some goals.’
With Shelvey expected to be out until November through injury, Bruce has attempted to provide much-needed creative spark by adding Florent Indalecio, a striker who had been playing in the Australian fourth tier, to his squad.
Bruce admitted that signing the former bricklayer, who is a friend of winger Allan Saint-Maximin, is ‘a bit of a gamble’ as he tries to introduce more potency to the ranks.
Watford and Bournemouth, who were both relegated, and Crystal Palace were the only teams to net fewer times than the Magpies last term.
They also failed to outscore any team outside of the bottom four the previous season, despite finishing 13th.
By contrast, Dyer’s eight years at St James’ Park came as part of a team known for its attacking prowess.
The likes of Alan Shearer, Craig Bellamy and Nolberto Solano gave the Toon Army some of their most enjoyable seasons under managers including Bobby Robson, who guided the club to second, third and fourth-placed Premier League finishes between 2002 and 2004.
Dyer, who retired in 2013, has been more impressed by exciting French winger Saint-Maximin’s performances since he joined the club more than a year ago.
‘He reminds me of a [Wilfried] Zaha or an [Adama] Traore – special players,’ he said.
‘The more he matures and gets an end product, he is going to be a 40, 50, 60 million pound player, easily. Let him create havoc: he can be the match winner.’
Dyer has also been underwhelmed by Brazilian forward Joelinton, who scored just two goals in the league last season despite arriving as the club’s record signing for around £40million in the summer.
He said: ‘[They are] a club in massive, massive transition. In the past, they were big spenders [but] three of their four big signings this season have been from teams that were relegated.
‘Players that have been relegated or have had a different season have something to prove. You look at Callum Wilson and he’s already been involved in more goals than Joelinton was for the whole [of last] season.
‘That’s an improvement straight away. Newcastle are still very much in transition. Hopefully, Steve Bruce is given the time to sort that out.’