After talking about the boost Miguel Almiron’s goal had on everyone during his press conference, Steve Bruce was asked about Joelinton and if it could inspire him to push on.
This is what Bruce said about his Brazilian striker:
“I hope so. He’s come in as the big signing and the number 9 shirt of Newcastle. At the minute, he’s just a little bit short of confidence.
“He just has to stay with it. We know there’s a good player in there. It’s just taking him a little bit of time. But I’m convinced he’ll be ok.”
While Joelinton got his goal early in the third match at Tottenham, he’s struggled to get many chances since. That’s in part due to Newcastle not creating much for the 23-year-old. However, he’s also not doing enough to get into positions to get shots on goal.
It’s something that has to be a worry for the club. The striker is by far our record signing but thus far not looked the part in a Newcastle shirt.
But Bruce is right that there is a player in there. You can see that he has quality but is suffering from a lack of confidence. He’s also learning to be a number 9 in a new league. So it’s going to take time.
Having Andy Carroll back starting games can help take some of the pressure off Big Joe. It could also give him some more time to adjust to the Premier League.
This is what Bruce said about the trio of Miguel Almiron, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Joelinton:
“I’ve always said when you’re buying from abroad, then they always need time. There’s very, very few that come straight into the Premier League and hit the ground running.
“You have to give them that little time and patience, which we all don’t get anymore, but it’ll pay off eventually.”
While we are almost through half the Premier League season already, there’s still time for Joelinton. Hopefully, Bruce can eventually bring the best out of the young striker.
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