Are Newcastle a directionless team fortunate to be out of the relegation zone or one punching above their weight under the smart management of Steve Bruce?

They were the two sides of the debate on Sunday Supplement after

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the goalless draw between Newcastle and Norwich in the Premier League.

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the goalless draw between Newcastle and Norwich in the Premier League.

For Daily Mail football correspondent Craig Hope, who covers the club, this is a team who have ridden their luck and, according to their underlying statistics, should be in the relegation zone.

“The more I watch that team this season, the less I understand football,” said Hope. “There is no clear identity of what they want to achieve but, somehow, they find themselves in 10th and relatively comfortable.

“This might sound ridiculous, but this has been relegation season in all but points tally, it really has. In every measurable degree – possession, shots conceded, shots on target, goals, goals conceded – everything you want they are in the bottom three, but somehow, they have found a way to win matches, and that is to Steve’s credit.