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Steve Bruce Must Get This Player More Chances


Salomon Rondon’s impact last season was monumental in keeping Newcastle comfortably safe by season’s end. His 11 goals and 7 assists ranked second for Newcastle in both categories to Ayoze Perez’s 12 goals and Matt Ritchie’s 8 assists.

Rondon, of course, will only have that one season as a Magpie in his career. His £16.5m release clause was deemed bad business by the powers that be, and the 30-year-old Venezuelan went on to join Rafa Benitez in China.

In his place, Newcastle now have Joelinton, who at only 23-year-old is still learning how to play in not only the Premier League but as Newcastle number nine.

The start of the Brazilian’s Newcastle career has not been one to write home about, at least statistically. Joelinton has just 1 goal and 1 assist this season in his 11 starts.

However, he does provide a lot to the side with his link-up play, defensive contributions, and winning aerial duels. Though as Newcastle’s lone striker, he going to be judged on goals.

What would be an acceptable output for Joelinton? We think, taking into consideration that he is young and it’s his first year in the Premier League, that around 8-10 goals this season would be a decent return.

Writing in the Chronicle, former Newcastle United striker Mick Quinn thinks that Joelinton will need to provide a few more goals than that this season:

I’ll go back to Salomon Rondon last year. You’re not going to get 20 league goals from Rondon, and you’re not going to get 20 league goals from Joelinton.

If he can contribute with 12-15 Premier League goals and a few assists with the link-up and the hold-up, then he’s done his job.

While we agree that we should be expecting at least 12-15 goals from a £40m striker, Joelinton has not been getting the opportunities to score anywhere near that number of goals. It’s getting worse, not better as the season progresses.

Joelinton is only averaging 1.5 shots per game. He has taken just 16 all season and 13 of those came in Newcastle’s first 6 games.

To compare that to what Rondon did last season, he took a total of 89 shots in his 32 appearances. That is close to double the number of shots per game that Joelinton is averaging.

Even against West Ham, when Newcastle were able to get off a total of 12 shots, only 1 of those was from Joelinton.

Steve Bruce must figure out a way to get the Brazilian involved more in front of goal. He had a nice header back across goal for his first assist at West Ham but has only 3 shots over the past 5 games. That’s just too few for our Brazilian number nine.


24 comments so far

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 6, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley’s greatest blunders, among so many, have been with managers in my opinion.

    Allardyce would have kept us up, Keegan would have kept us up and even Pardew would have kept us up.

    No relegations had he simply looked after his managers.

    Should simply have kept Sam on really, who would have worked under the model, and when his contract ended, upgraded to a Benitez, who would have come once there was a bit more to work with.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 6, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #2

    I sincerely hope that Bills Son’s comment on the previous thread was indeed a typing error. If not then he ought to be seriously ashamed of himself for making such a remark with all the implications that go along with it.
    He really needs to take a long hard look at himself and make the appropriate apologies whichever was the reason for such a disgusting comment.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 6, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #3

    All upfront should be prepped for box to box stuff. Rondon did that often. We have also been trying the hoofball every once in a while this time around albeit without success.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 6, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Joelinton also has to show a bit more desire to get on the end of things the header that he got for the assist at the weekend is what he should be doing more regularly peeling off to the back post onto a full back who generally tend to be smaller or not as good in the air as a big centre back!

    Bournemouth are not really that physical at the back this should be a good opportunity to get on the score sheet from a cross or two!

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  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Bills

    Decided to bang the exact same drum as Nufc83 was yesterday ?
    With JIBS alt JAF jumping on the band waggon

    You would think its all the same person, again

    We dont make money on players ?
    Youd have to be a blithering idiot ot PR to believe that

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  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #6

    To be fair to our ownership that I despise like many others on this forum, most of the players, who left NUFC over recent years with NUFC making a profit, either followed relegation (Townsend, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Janmaat) or after going on a tool-down strike (Cabaye) or when the management lost confidence in them (Santon, Mitrovic). Andy Carroll’s transfer is an exception but many in here were OK considering the scale of profit. Frustration followed only when he was not replaced and the profit was not invested back. I think, Perez started making noise only after Rafa’s situation at NUFC became fluid. He may not have left us had Rafa been here, IMHO. In fact, last summer many in here were apprehending a player exodus, which didn’t materialize luckily for us.

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Betty well done for picking up the silly comment of the day award .

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  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    As a couple of others have pointed out, it’s not a bad business model but a good one

    Others being WUMs and PR

    Not a single person thinks Jabba has a good business model at a single company he blights

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Some village idiot like OP will probably heart you Betty, never fear.

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  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Munster

    Has stopped nocking Rafa all day and has just decided to bang the PR drum instead

    Who would have guessed

    Hiya Munster , its never Jabbas fault

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  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Chucked his hat in with Nufc83 / JIB and his alts

    LOL

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  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh, and even teams like Barca make money on players; not that we are at par with them. Afterall if someone offers silly money for something you own, wouldn’t you sell. Should Oppenheim have kept Joelinton, when someone offered them £36M?

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  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #13

    *Hoffenheim even

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail I take your point re ambition etc but we may be overstretching ourselves saying we could have got PEA. But agree re van dijk. Sb came in for more praise from the captain so he isnt doing too badly, keeping fingers crossed etc. But we need to get the scouting right for our model. As usual will MA spend the bucks? Rafa couldn’t budge him. Some journo wrote that SB might. Dunno, doubt it but at least we spent in the summer even if joelinton looks like a scam job.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #15

    i think the model of buying young, then selling for good prices is fine as long as you have good scouting and coaching to develop them and you constantly re-stock.

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  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #16

    I think it would be a good model it it wasnt simply in place to make Jabba money
    Regardless of the team

    He gambles on players hoping to make money on their resale, has done for 10 years (other than when we had Rafa)

    The proof is the net spend over the last 13 years ( if you believe we spent 40 on Joe )

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  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #17

    And the most insulting of all

    The notion that Jabba is spending HIS money ?
    I think youll find its the clubs money when it debt but his when its profit

    Some fans we have here thinking thats a great business model

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  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #18

    When he buys a dud its the club who foots the bill ( wages )
    When he sells he trousers the money leaving us only ever with the debt

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #19

    This blog gets worse daily, it’s more like a school playground than a place where adults can have an opinion without risk of being insulted. It seems there is no place for debate and you’re either in one camp or the other.

    We do make money on player sales and that is the right model to follow, however other clubs such as Leicester reinvest and upgrade players that fit into a style of play – we buy more cheapos who some scout saw and just tread water …or slowly sink with more dud signings ( a front three who look great until they get in the final third comes to mind) .
    Even Fatty says he shouldn’t be involved in owning a football club yet still some on here think he’s doing a decent job…laughable

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  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Jabbas running of our club has been near criminal
    He’s got a total disregard for the club

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  • dougie

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Sports Direct FC is a shambles from top to bottom.Its an embarassment and the whole situation stinks to high heaven.The very sight of Steve(I don’t get the respect I deserve)Bruce on the touch line should tell you that.Joelinton and Almiron are a waste of a jersey at the minute in the Premier League,the Longstaffs will become decent players in the Premiership if they are allowed time to develop and are coached correctly.These are the 4 guys who should be on the bench ready to come on when the seasoned and experienced players need to come off.The whole model is geared up to line the parasites pockets by coming 17th or above and spending as little as possible.

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  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Remember

    Let’s stay positive, it’s worked so well for the last 13 years

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  • Asi Fish

    Nov 6, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #23

    The sight of SB as the manager and some of the first team players is a reminder that this is MA’s version of NUFC. Having Rafa & Rondon was probably providing false hope – back to reality now though.

    This is a treading water prem team flirting with relegation designed to cost very little but to provide an advertising platform. It may also be a bit of an ego boost / rich boy’s toy and a topic of conversation at functions when not undressing or vomiting into fire places.

    MA’s version of our club is basically regress and i assume once he is bored or it becomes a financial burden outweighing the advertising pros he will abandon it fully.

    No long term progress allowed.

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 6, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #24

    toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 2:27 PM
    Comment #10

    Munster

    Has stopped nocking Rafa all day and has just decided to bang the PR drum instead

    Who would have guessed

    Hiya Munster , its never Jabbas fault

    Excuse me ?

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