Steve Bruce has not gotten his front three firing this season. While all are relatively new to the scene, the big three of Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Miguel Almiron have just 1 goal and no assists in the 33 games they have played collectively for Newcastle in their careers.
All three came with hefty price tags as Joelinton and Miguel Almiron are our two record signings. They also have something in common; they came to Newcastle with no Premier League experience and no record of being prolific in front of the net.
To expect that they would hit the ground running in a superior division is a stretch. Relying on them for goals at a higher level, when they failed to in the past, borders on the ridiculous.
This is the problem with Newcastle’s transfer policy. It’s a shot in the dark in terms of immediate viability in the Premier League. While all three players may become highly proficient in the English game, they are not right now. They are still adapting to this league.
However, Newcastle’s recruitment policy sets them up for failure. Rather than allowing these young players to slowly adapt to the league, they are thrown into the deep end and told to keep the club afloat while they learn to swim.
It’s a recipe for disaster and one that has bitten the club in the past. But the powers that be never learn.
Steve Bruce has made comments about both of our top summer signings that are eerily similar. He has spoken about how they are still young and learning what it takes to play at this level.
A few days ago, the Chronicle published these comments by Bruce about 22-year-old winger Allan Saint-Maximin:
“He’s a constant threat. He gets you on the edge of your seat and can do something that many people can.
“He’s a bit unpredictable, and we have to find the finished product from him. But when you talk about Chelsea’s youngsters, you have to remember that he’s 22 as well. We’ve got a few young players who can only get better.”
Today, Bruce followed up with some comments about striker Joelinton that reference his inexperience:
“He’s only young, he only turned 23 two months ago. He needs time to settle. It takes a little bit of time to adjust.
“Joe will be a fine player for this club, I’m absolutely convinced of that.”
Well, he’s not wrong. We rate both Joelinton and Saint-Maximin and believe they will have excellent careers. Hopefully, they will reach their full potential at Newcastle. It will take time as Bruce said.
At Newcastle, time could cost us our Premier League status. The club have banked this season on the rapid development of these inexperienced players. Also they are hoping that they suddenly develop into finishers.
So far, not so good.
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