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Steve Bruce Talks About Period Of Adjustment For Two Of His Bundesliga Exports


Steve Bruce is expecting a boost to his strike force over the next few weeks when Andy Carroll will hopefully make his return to the team. We’ll have to watch to see when he takes part in the full training sessions for a better grasp of when he will be available to play. However, the latest indications are that it will be in the next match against Liverpool on September 14th.

Andy Carroll will provide Bruce with an experienced Premier League option upfront. With Dwight Gayle out indefinitely with a calf injury, Andy is the only experienced striker on the books.

Steve Bruce has spoken to the Chronicle about two of his strikers who both are still coming to grips with English football. They both also came to Newcastle from the same league, the Bundesliga. Joelinton arrived this summer from Hoffenheim while Yoshinori Muto came the previous summer from Mainz.

This is what Steve said about these two strikers adapting to the style of the Premier League:

“Muto is one where this season he can adapt. A lot of players find it difficult.

“I had a conversation with Joelinton about the differences between England and Germany. But Germany and the Bundesliga is the closest thing to the Premier League. You see how physically demanding it is. For Muto, it is the same.

“Even for Emil Krafth or any of the players who have not played in the Premier League.”

Ironically in his initial interview, Krafth felt that playing in France would help him prepare for the English game. A few days ago, Emil spoke about how he already feels settled in the North East. He also has looked comfortable in the three games he has started this past week. For him, it looks like he will be able to adapt very quickly to the Premier League.

Joelinton– showing signs he is adapting to England

While Joelinton may take a little bit more time, there are indications that he is well on his way to adjusting to the Premier League. In his last two performances at Tottenham and against Watford, Joelinton has looked very comfortable as he has exhibited the traits of being able to lead the line for Newcastle.

The same cannot be said for fellow Bundesliga export Yoshinori Muto, who is taking a bit longer to adapt. Though the situation with Yoshinori is that he has not had enough time on the pitch to be able to get fully acclimated to this league.

Bruce has expressed that this season will be another one of adjustment for Muto. He is making strides, though. As long as he continues to show signs of improvement, Muto will get more opportunities to impress this season.

Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Month For August?

  • Fabian Schar (29%, 251 )
  • Isaac Hayden (29%, 249 )
  • Paul Dummett (21%, 182 )
  • Christian Atsu (10%, 87 )
  • Joelinton (5%, 45 )
  • Martin Dubravka (3%, 29 )
  • Miguel Almiron (2%, 19 )

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41 comments so far

  • Trent1211

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Imagine there’s a cinema. It used to be beautiful and really well maintained. Some of the best times of our lives going there and watching films we love. Huge emotional attachment. Then 12 years ago a new owner came in. The place started to get run down. The screen is tatty. Spring coming out the seats. Place stinks. To add insult to injury the manager sometimes sits at the back and shouts loudly calling us mugs during the film. He’s put the prices up too. Truth is he isn’t really arsed about the business he just wants to sell and promote his popcorn making company.

    We still go because it’s somewhere we love and sometimes we see a good film and it reminds us how it used to be. Mostly though he just puts cheap European films on that aren’t very good. Says the good films are too expensive. They used to be affordable though.

    So one day a friend said “If we all stop going and make a united stand against him we can get him to want to sell”

    Problem was most people just wanted their Friday night out at the cinema and mocked those trying to make a stand.

    So the cinema is still going but it’s not what it was and not what it could be. It’s a sad tale. The owner makes loads of money so I guess the cinema will stay the same way.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #2

    I often wonder what Ashley would do if say more than half of his Sports Direct customers just all stopped shopping there at the same ? What do people think he would do? The Tat he sells is already too cheap to reduce further!!

    Do you think he would listen to his customers then?

    Just wondering what an empty stadium would do for just one game would he then listen to his main customer base?

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  • carltoon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Trent I don’t think anyone on the blog who goes to matches call fans who don’t go. There’s very few left on here that actually attend.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m hoping Andy Carroll can score a few if he ever gets fit. It would be great for him to come on at Liverpool and score the winner. Dreaming I know!

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Posada does Carltoon. Actively seeking to diminish the efforts of protesters and repeatedly claim it’s 30 people when it’s now thousands.

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  • Mindshaft

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Trent / toon 22 et al – we get the drift mate, think everyone is aware that Ashley is a poison and I don’t think many on here actually defend him per se, rather they normally try to point out that some of the irrational accusations flying round that have no basis in fact, or just maybe they want to support the team without giving much thought to the regime. Most fans have followed the toon all their lives and been through poor owners / managers multiple times – eventually the ownership will change (albeit if we can push them along then great), they see no reason not to go to games and give the players / manager their support – that doesn’t mean they agree with Ashley in any way.

    Obviously I’ve given my season ticket up for my own reasons as I just don’t want to give that fat slug any more of my money and would rather watch the toon at away games – not everyone has the ability or the inclination to do that.

    Each to their own , you can’t accuse everyone of being an alt / shill / kba etc just because they want to carry on supporting the team at home games – we do (despite parliaments best efforts ) still live in a democracy!

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Trent. keep it up my man doing a grand job.

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    mindshaft Still live in a democracy, you think Ashley believes that.

    4
  • Australian Pie

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Excited for a Joelinton hattrick at some point this season

    2
  • geordietom

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #10

    trent …

    you keep saying your on leave you in the forces mate? …

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #11

    GeordieT. I work for the Government but I’m a warrior of the keyboard variety.

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  • posada

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Talk this morning went back once again to the possible Gallowgate extension.
    The Gallowgate is a fairly modern stand with good facilities.
    To extend it would be a big undertaking.
    The seats you add would be high up and well away from the pitch.
    Probably even more so than the present Level 7 which is pushing it.

    We have a capacity of 52.3K. If you want to bump that up to somewhere near 60K another option would be to rebuild and develop the East Stand.

    Not easy I would accept.
    A lot of things would need to line up.
    Just might be doable.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Trent …
    I’m a warrior of the keyboard variety.

    lmao mate …

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  • geordietom

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #14

    trent …

    loads of keyboard warriors on here mate …

    😀

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  • geordietom

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #15

    POSADA …

    not with Fat Boy at the helm it aint mate …

    tight as a ducks arse springs to mind …

    1
  • hibbit

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #16

    also a few cowards ?????

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Trent. I work for the Government, Hope Ashley & Co don’t pick up on that, otherwise, there be a queue at the loo.

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Trent…. so what you’re saying is, you are a warrior who is also a keyboard??

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #19

    I’d ask a architect and engineer about the viability of extending the Gallowgate end.

    I doubt it’s as hard as people make out, it would cost a few quid but it could be done.

    Anyone saying it can’t has had their eyes firmly shut over the last 2 decades, some of the engineering feats achieved would have been impossible only a few years previous.

    Materials and building methods are constantly changing and improving.

    The cost is the only thing in the way imo

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  • posada

    Sep 4, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #20

    geordie T
    Well there is that.
    I would have said Goldfish actually.
    Thing is there won’t be a need to expand without a more successful team.
    That would probably mean new owners.

    2
  • IrishRob

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #21

    You can bring a house into space too, its possible its just the cost is in the way. Smh!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Would like to think Brucey bonus is using this two week break as time to reflect on what has gone wrong in the 5 games he has managed and also reflect on the positives as well!

    If Almiron is jetting all around the world playing friendlies then Muto should maybe take his place for the game against Liverpool? Means we can bring Almiron on if its not going to plan at least Muto might be able to convert a chance if it comes his way!

    If we could get Yedlin back 100% fit it would make a big difference him and Jethro Tull would add some speed in the wide areas yes he sometimes falls asleep at the back but often he was expected to do a lot of the attacking all by himself under Rafa so having the left hand side functional as well as his pace would make us a better team I feel.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #23

    geordietom,
    Is there any bits of you left that you haven’t yet laughed off?

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  • posada

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #24

    The higher you go the more it costs.
    For what.
    Seats way up high.
    Yes, it can be done. Accepted.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Between geordietom and Nufc-83 lolling and lmaoffing around the place it would be like being at a mad hatters tea party.

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  • martoon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Trent1211 @1 – The one big hole in your analogy is that is doesn’t allow for the TV money. If nobody went to the cinema it would have no income but with nufc yes the income would be reduced but it would still have a massive income assuming we stayed in the premiership.

    3
  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Trent1211

    You’re behaving like Dominic Cummings – nah, you couldn’t be… surely not.

    If you are, hurry up and bladder Adolf Johnson and his cohort.

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #28

    I want to eat a chicken sandwich on Mars, its possible, its just the cost is in the way lads…..

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Lower the pitch, it’s been done before.

    2
  • posada

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Lee has a point.
    Would like to see Jetro down one side and Yedlin down the other.
    Think it would have to be as wingbacks and not FBs.

    St Max and Almiron. That would be pace in the team.

    2
  • carltoon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #31

    I like Yedlin, but he was always on his own, so when he went forward no one covered him at the back. Thought Manquillo did well when he came on. Not sure about Krafth yet.

    2
  • hibbit

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #32

    martoon and if we don’t the analogy fits perfectly 😉

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Yea lets create a big bowl for water to collect into, that wont turn sjp into a swamp at all……

    1
  • carltoon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #34

    The crowds getting smaller we won’t need a bigger stadium, unless we get a new owner then I think a new ground.

    3
  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #35

    OP if we lower the pitch we would have to put signals in place to allow the metro to come through mate.

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  • posada

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Remember SBRs team.
    Had pace in about 6 outfield positions.

    Belamy, Robert, Dyer, Ollie Bernard.
    Bramble was quick enough.
    As was Andy Griffin.

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Lesh hats off. That’s the worst insult I’ve ever received. I hate his guts.

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  • martoon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #38

    posada @12 – I believe extending the East Stand has been looked at before and as I remember some of the buildings in Leazes Terrace are listed buildings so couldn’t be knocked down and if you tried to make the stand higher the residents would object to planning permission and probably win.

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  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #39

    On the point of ground extensions, there’d be huge costs involved for adding another seven or eight thousand seats. How long to get a return on investment? Is it sensible for a stadium that’s used once a fortnight?

    Sperz have seen a market to host American football and maybe other events but realistically, what could be added to SJP hosted events that guarantee a return on investment.

    If the ground had been expanded when the plans were first mooted, would it be generating a return under Ashley? Sadly no, as a large stadium is only needed where the owner has enough ambition to fill it.

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Not a perfect analogy Martoon. You’re right. Hopefully most of it resonates though. I might give some cause for pause. How about Odeon provide some guaranteed income but they’d think twice and reduce it if the place was empty? Nah. Clunky. Still a sad story.

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