Newcastle finished third in the Premier League Asia Trophy as they won 1-0 against West Ham on Saturday.
Steve Bruce was in attendance, but was unable to be in the dugout due to issues over a work visa.
He watched his side beat Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham team with an excellent performance in China.
Yoshinori Muto scored the only goal of the game for Newcastle, as he finished with aplomb from Jamie Sterry’s superb cross from the right wing.
Newcastle lost 4-0 to Wolves in the semi-final earlier this week, but bounced back with an impressive performance against the Hammers to give fans a bit of hope after a turbulent summer on Tyneside.
There has been a fairly negative reception to Bruce’s arrival at the club and the fans need to start looking at potential positives ahead of next season.
With that in mind, here are four things we learned from the game…
Muto could score the goals next season
After losing Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon, Newcastle find themselves in need of replacing the goals they scored last season. Muto put in an excellent performance up front and took his goal well, showing that he could do a job up front for Steve Bruce next season if called upon.
Shelvey needs to be pivotal next season
Steve Bruce needs to make Jonjo Shelvey the heartbeat of his team next season. The English midfielder was superb in midfield as he constantly played top-class passes to set Newcastle away on the counter-attack. He needs to be pivotal to Newcastle next season if they want to stay up.
Sterry could get his first-team chance
Right-back was an area of concern for Newcastle in the Premier League last season and Sterry could solve that problem. He caught the eye on the right against West Ham and provided an inch-perfect assist for Muto’s goal.
Newcastle need a goalscoring midfielder
Newcastle could easily have won by more than one if they had midfielders who could finish. They missed too many opportunities to double their lead during the game and signing an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal would be a massive boost for the Toon.
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