There is some rare positive news for Newcastle today as Joelinton’s hip injury is not a serious one. He will also be available for Sunday’s game at Tottenham according to a report in the Telegraph.
Newcastle have been left short on the striker front going into the season with Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll not expected to be available until some time next month. Gayle has been suffering from a calf problem while Andy is still recovering from April ankle surgery.
Allan Saint-Maximin has also been struggling with a tight hamstring that forced him to miss the trip to Norwich City at the weekend. We hope that can regain full fitness as well for this Sunday’s match against Spurs.
Joelinton– available for Spurs
Joelinton likely wants to put this past week behind him as he and his teammates look forward to Tottenham. Our number 9 was left isolated far too often on Saturday. He also was too easily dispossessed by the Norwich defense while his first touch was often lacking.
However, the Brazilian had no support as Miguel Almiron drifted way too deep to offer enough support when Newcastle were able to gain possession. This is what Steve Bruce will be looking at during this week of preparation for Sunday’s match.
The report in the Telegraph also says that Steve Bruce is willing to look at other formations for the trip to Tottenham. He may also be considering transitioning to four at the back.
We certainly need to see some changes as both the defense and attack were sorely lacking this past weekend. Steve Bruce needs to find the most suitable system for the players he has available at the moment.