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This Player’s Absence Has Caused Steve Bruce A Penalty Problem


The absence of Matt Ritchie not only gives Steve Bruce selection issues but also he has to identify a new penalty taker for the next few months. There is not a lot of experience in the squad with penalties.

This is what Steve Bruce said as reported in the Shields Gazette about the penalty situation in Ritchie’s absence.

“Matt Ritchie was our taker. We have to find a new one now. That’s one thing we’ve been doing on the training ground.

“Joelinton took one in training the other day. Jonjo and Isaac smashed them in the top corner, Muto and Schar missed.”

Of these likely replacements for Ritchie, none have much experience in taking penalties. Judging by the penalty shoot-out at Leicester City in the Carabao Cup, both Jonjo and Hayden were not too convincing in their attempts. However, both Muto and Schar took excellent penalties.

Joelinton’s history with penalty taking is minimal at best. Last season at Hoffenheim, Andrej Kramaric took 7 of the 8 total penalties with Vincenzo Grifo taking the other.

However, at Rapid Vienna Joelinton took 3 penalties and converted 2 of them over his two seasons there.

Andy Carroll also did not take many penalties while at West Ham with Mark Noble being their usual taker. Big Andy’s last penalty was in April of 2016, which was a successful one.

With the lack of an obvious choice, we would expect Joelinton to be the penalty taker if we get awarded one in the next few months. Though we wouldn’t be surprised with Fabian Schar getting the nod as he seems to have the perfect temperament for it.


101 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #81

    Heard*

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #82

    Jail I wasn’t referring to you in my original post so what are you talking about.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #83

    IrishRob,
    You’ve discovered how to write that without being moderated so I’m sure we’ll see more of it from you, well done!

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #84

    Munster it blows my mind that still you think I actually care about being first. Jail is right about you I think.

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  • Mindshaft

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #85

    Toon22 – but he’s not doing anything illegal and he can’t be forced to sell nufc… I dislike Ashley with a passion and it’s there’s a reason he is the worst PREM club owner in every survey / poll in the last 10 years – he’s still here
    I’m waiting for the fat get to have a coronary – I won’t lose any sleep , might have a pint or two though

    3
  • IrishRob

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #86

    Oof moderated, that sounds so kinky!! Wish I got a good aul moderating.

    1
  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #87

    Can win a debate about the toon
    Say they hate Jabba, defend him
    Resort to name calling / swearing

    Proper toon fans it seems

    3
  • IrishRob

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #88

    Nufc-83 I say twerp on here quite regularly. I suggest you pay more attention.

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  • Just a fan

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #89

    Frog
    You are dilussioned by your statement
    Thank you keep up the good work
    Ps
    Your wasting your time

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  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #90

    Mindshaft

    Go back and actually read the link i provided
    He dont have to do anything illegal

    The guy who owned Bury didnt do anything illegal

    Thats not the point

    All its going to take is for someone to complain and there be reasonable grounds yo investigate him
    They will do a forensic investigation of the accounts, and not just accept the rubbish presented

    Go read it

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  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #91

    Just a fan

    Hiya JIB

    Proper sad arnt you

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #92

    I swear i think toon22 is the Harrison family sometimes.

    2
  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #93

    Personally i think JIB and his many alts are PR
    He cant stay away as he payed to post here

    Hiya KBA

    2
  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #94

    IrishRob

    Nope im just a fan who is sick of the PR rubbish

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  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #95

    In the end regardless of what is typed here something will end Jabbas ownership of us
    Its inevitable

    The tricky bit is ensuring theres something left of the club afterwards

    Posters who defend him are helping him end us as a club, simple as that

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  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #96

    Lets see who SD get ,if any ,as an auditor
    Thats the next thing that could remove him from us

    Im hoping it will

    Regardless of how possible it is

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #97

    Yes a sale by an ambitious owner will end his reign at the club that is all.

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  • Just a fan

    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #98

    Toon 22
    Sad yes
    Not as sad as you

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  • toon22

    Sep 8, 2019 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #99

    Hiya JIB

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 8, 2019 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #100

    Toon22 you’re sick of PR rubbish, yet you are offended by my use of the F word?? Doesn’t add up pal.

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 11, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #101

    😀

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