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Bruce Indecisive On Player’s Role For This Weekend

Joelinton continued the tepid start to his Newcastle career against Burnley despite being played in a different role. The 23-year-old was moved to the left-wing in place of the injured Allan Saint-Maximin but found it very hard to get into the game.

It was a chance for the Brazilian to play facing goal while Andy Carroll did the dirty work leading the line. However, it just didn’t come together for him.

Steve Bruce had hoped the move to the left would give Joelinton a confidence boost. This is what he said during his press conference last Friday:

“It’s something we’re toying with. He’s played half his career there for his previous club so he’s no stranger to it.

“It may be a different formation, it’s something we have up our sleeve. It might give him a big lift as well.”

Bruce followed through and started Joelinton on the left after hinting no less than three times that he would over the past few months.

The Chronicle have published some of Bruce’s comments this week after Joelinton’s stint on the left the past weekend. This is some of what he had to say:

“I think he’s comfortable on the left because he’s played there half of his career for Hoffenheim. He’s used to the role and I thought he did OK without being a goal threat.”

Joelinton didn’t provide much of a threat on Saturday. Though he did create a chance for Dwight Gayle that the poacher should have put away.

We just didn’t get the sense that Joelinton was very comfortable on the left. He drifted inside a lot, but that was always going to be likely. However, Steve Bruce thought he did it a bit too often.

This was Bruce’s response when asked if Joelinton will get more time on the left going forward:

“It’s too early to say. I know he can play there because he’s played there for Hoffenheim and there were times when he’s done well for the big chance for Dwight.

“He drifted in and out a little bit too much if I’m going to be brutally honest, but he gave me food for thought.”

With Miguel Almiron still uncertain for a return against Crystal Palace, Bruce may not have too much of a choice but to go with Joelinton on the left again.

We don’t have many options at the moment with Almiron, Matt Ritchie, and Allan Saint-Maximin out. Unless he wants to tinker with the formation again, he may have little choice but to give the Brazilian another shot on the wing.

Bruce has switched to a 4-4-2 recently when chasing a goal so that is an option. Though we tried something similar at Leicester City and that turned out to be catastrophic.

He can also ditch the wingers and go back to a 3-5-2 that was used early this season. He could then play Joelinton behind Andy Carroll and have Jetro Willems and Javier Manquillo play higher up the pitch.

The best scenario is for Miguel Almiron and Jonjo Shelvey to be ready to face the Eagles on Saturday. However, if they aren’t, it’s going to be anyone’s guess as to what Bruce decides to do.

42 comments so far

  • TomaKaThor

    Dec 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Same team as Burnley with Shelvey and Almiron for Longstaff and Atsu..need to take the game to them…not that I expect them too… Unless you are a magician you are going to look poor in this Newcastle team…I’m sure Saint Max will lose all motivation soon the way we play….Linton clearly can be a Good player…but he is isolated and now he has no confidence…he isn’t a number 9 though, although he has done well with holding up the ball and linking up play with what he has to work with, but he is no poacher.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 17, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t think I’ll bother to watch it, Jib.

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s that or Bundesliga
    If LPool beat Monterrey they’ll be playing Flamengo do Brasil

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 17, 2019 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #4

    McClaren has just given Mikel Arteta the kiss of death by saying he is “a perfect fit” for Arsenal!

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #5

    The LPool GK looks about 15

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Hands Moonraker15 a nice bowl of sour grapes

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #7

    I clearly remember until the 80’s LPool fans called the
    League Cup “The Mickey Mouse Cup” then they won
    it 4 years in a row and guess what?
    All of a sudden it was really important

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #8

    LPool bairns playing AV off the park at the moment

  • jane

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #9


  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #10

    The slaughter begins

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #11

    1st 10 mins
    Now reality has kicked in
    AV 2 – 0 up after quarter of an hour

  • jane

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #12

    playing both Joelinton and Carroll is a mistake in my opinion.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Liverpool have a Longstaff too, an 18 year old winger named Luis.

    Luis was originally in the Newcastle United academy until 2015, which means in theory of he hadn’t left, we could have had three Longstaffs in our first team some time in the near future.

    He’s no relation to Matty and Sean, though, as far as I know. He’s from Darlington, not Shields.

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Good point well made! One’s useless and the other is knackered!

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #15

    AV 3 – 0

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Linty Joe reminds me of wor Shearer……. errm….. except without the goals. So….then I suppose it’s not much of a comparison is it?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Old Kodjia sinks young Reds

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Reminds me of next-doors cat……. errm….. except without the brains. So….then I suppose it’s not much of a comparison is it?

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #19

    AV 4 – 0
    Lpool have AV at Anfield 11th April in the PL
    They’d better not take the piss too much

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Villa have Southampton at the weekend
    I would expect some Villa kids on second half

  • Just a fan

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Geordie tom
    Nice post re cup final.
    When Bob Wilson became a pundit crap at first but got better my bairn used to call him bobbly Wilson
    That goal helped make a hero of Charlie George

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Later on Charlie George played for Derby County
    I was at the Baseball ground when he scored a goal
    against us . I was just behind the goal where he scored
    and he came right up to us celebrating
    The kid next to me hockled straight in his face
    What a kicking the Derby polis gave the poor lad

  • jane

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #23

    “I would expect some Villa kids on second half”

    which kids? 🙂

    21El Ghazi
    28L Kalinic

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Who said Joelinton can’t score In those pics jib put the link to it looks like he has! 🙂

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Jane shoots me down in flames yet again
    and the blog village idiot thinks we are the same person !!!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #26

    That Grealish kid looks fairly decent, wonder if we could get him for the academy.

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Ha ha ha
    Nurses don’t count

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Nyland is having a blinder

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 17, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #29

    You don’t fool us Jib/Jane !!!

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Moonraker15 making a bid for toon22’s title

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 17, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Cheers Jib, he’s one our most knowledgable bloggers but I’m not interested in titles! Bit like our owner ! Haha

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Yup I’ve always thought toon22 is one of our most knowledgeable bloggers

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Dec 17, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #33

    That kid Harvey Elliott looked some prospect tonight, I’d take him on loan in January… Very direct and excellent dribbler by the look of things, a good budget cover for the rest of the season for ASM and Miggy if Liverpool would allow it for him to get matchday and first team squad experience?

    Just a thought… I’m very well aware that we shouldn’t be bringing on rival clubs kids but it’s where we are at with the current ownershop!

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Harvey Elliott is the youngest player to start a match at Anfield, at the age of 16 years and 209 days
    No chance

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Liverpool fought hard to get HE from Fulham they
    aren’t going to let him leave Merseyside

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 17, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #36


    Not bad and certainly more than capable of beating Palace at home, but the key is intensity. Gotta be at it.

  • stan anderson

    Dec 17, 2019 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #37

    People on here make me laugh,shooting themselves down in flames.How sad.

  • toon22

    Dec 17, 2019 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Hiya JIB and his many PR alts

    Nobody cares

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #39

    Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron & Jonjo Shelvey are rated 50/50 to return from injury against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Manager Steve Bruce is “hopeful” they’ll make it if they come through training unscathed on Thursday

  • dougie

    Dec 17, 2019 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #40

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but we missed Almiron the other day.Of course he is useless in front of goal but he worries defenders and can stretch them with his pace.Joelinton was as clueless on the left as he is up front but he will still start the next match due to the fact we’ve got nobody else.If only the parasite had spent all of the clubs generated money for the last decade we wouldn’t be found wanting for genuine quality strength in depth.Now we find ourselves missing a kid from the MLS who doesn’t where the goal is and St Max who is brand new to the Premier League and finding his feet but has undoubtedly got raw talent.Upgrades are required in the striker department for us to survive this year,the defenders aren’t going to score every other game to pull us out the mire,that’s guaranteed.


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