Lets use a reference from our bright past as you and I are both from a simliar age.
Jedinak is Bremner
Hourihane is Cowans
Adomah is Morley
Lansbury is Mortimer.
Now I am not suggesting that they are in anyway as good as those 4 but would suggest that they fulfill similar(ish) roles.
Now everyone keeps asking about why Lansbury seems shackled to not crossing the halfway line, how would Mortimer have been viewed with out his rampaging runs into the opposition half, how would Morley have been viewed if he only had Shaw to get crossed to?
We were playing League 1 opposition and the bindings could have been cut, go and play with freedom, get forward lets see what we look like in full flow only they werent.
I dont buy that Bruce doesnt send his team out to play as cautious as we play, if he doesnt and he has now had 40 games and a pre-season to change the style then he is a worse manager than I thought he was.
Deep down I hoped that you were right that he needed a pre-season to shape the style to get the most out of the riches at his disposal, but yet again it seems the only way he knows how to changed things is buy more players. Thankfully he appear to have to sell to buy so he cannot bring in another 4 or 5 players.