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Bruce Dismisses Magpie’s Body Language As Indication Of Lack Of Effort

During Steve Bruce’s press conference, he was asked about the plight of his big summer signing Joeliton who has managed just one goal in 22 appearances.

At Rochdale on Saturday, the 23-year-old exuded frustration as he just couldn’t get going against inferior opposition.

His theatrical displays of annoyance seemed to reach a boiling point for the Brazilian who another disappointing performance in a Newcastle shirt.

Steve Bruce was asked about what measures were being taken to help alleviate some of the pressure on Joelinton. This is what the head coach had to say:

“He gave us food for thought when he played into a wider area. That’s something we explored at Burnley, and I thought he did very well.

“When you come here with a big price tag – he’s a young lad, and the number nine shirt wears heavy. The great thing about Joe is he works every day.

“He’s never missed a training session since he’s been here. He wants to learn and wants to improve.

“When you’re up against it, like anything, the only thing you can do is roll your sleeves up, get on with it, keep working away at your game, and hope that it turns around.

“Almiron, a couple of weeks ago, we were saying the same thing. All of a sudden, he’s got two in two weeks. Let’s hope that continues and Joe finds his feet as well.”

A follow-up question was asked about Joelinton’s demeanor against Rochdale and whether there is a concern with the perception that he doesn’t look to be trying as hard as Miguel Almiron.

Bruce was having none of that and said the following in response:

“I don’t think that. People are different in their styles of play. I see him every day at work, and he works extremely hard.

“To play for me, you have to have one thing in that you roll your sleeves up and have a go.

“His physical stats stack up. So no matter how he looks. We’ve got the statistics to prove that’s otherwise.

“In training and on matchdays, his physical statistics are very good.

“He’s going through that classic scenario of the striker who can’t score a goal. All of that gets heaped upon him. It’s amazing what a goal does.

“His best performance was Tottenham away when he scored. That one he rolled wide against Rochdale, we need it to roll into the net, and hopefully, that will get him started.”

Joelinton is obviously struggling at the moment but Bruce expects commitment from his players. Even with limited options, Bruce wouldn’t have handed the striker 21 starts this season if he wasn’t getting effort from Joelinton.

At Rochdale, frustration got the better of him but Joelinton is still working hard and trying to improve. While it’s starting to sound like a broken record, hopefully, he can get another goal soon and that gets him going.

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19 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 10, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #1

    I think other than hold the ball up really well, I don’t see much value in playing him up front. I know that’s harsh, and yes, it is still too early to write him off, our need for goals exceeds his needs for development.

  • bill

    Jan 10, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Sad to say but l have written him off. Don’t see a player there at all.

  • toon22

    Jan 10, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #3

    The longer hes in the firing line the more holes he will have in him

    Hes shot to bits right now

    If the club had a brain they would fake an injury and send him home for a month, he needs to be away from the rubbish. We need a goalscorer and hes never going to be it in this team/setup

  • toon22

    Jan 10, 2020 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #4

    The cost to the club, or whoever bought him is irrelevant right now
    He isnt the answer
    He might turn it around when the teams playing better but as it is we will destroy the guy

  • Jib

    Jan 10, 2020 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #5

    There’s not many of us here.
    This is very small website (no disrespect) and the only people here are… us.
    There is nobody else here.
    Nobdoy outside of the users who actively post/read this blog care for or are even aware this blog exists”

    In excess of 2000 voters above ………… need I say more ?

  • mindcompressor

    Jan 10, 2020 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    He didn’t miss training… Wow, so he is coming to work everyday and earning a lot of money. That’s the thing we need to praise striker 😀 I don’t think he did well with Burnely. So, if Steve is talking about stats, he could show how many crossed Joel provided info box, how many dribbles, how many fauls on him in danger areas, etc… I see that our expectations are really low. Strikers don’t need to shoot goals, enough that they are on training everyday…

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 10, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s still early days for Joelinton. He may never come good, but he won’t unless he gets some support, or at least doesn’t get outright hostility.

    I was surprised at our away fans’ attitudes on Saturday, they’re normally supportive from first to last. Biffa writing for NUFC.com noted that it was a different demographic of supporters from the League matches, so maybe that had something to do with it, but waving our players away when they came over to thank them for their support is a bit off too.

  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 10, 2020 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #8

    While we are fcuking around trying to loan this player, Spurs are trying to buy him outright.

    Difference between the two clubs, yes spurs have Kane out and we have no proven scorer what so ever.
    One of my contractors is Polish and I asked him about this guy, in his words, he’s fast, strong and can score from anywhere.

    He also said reminded him of Shearer a little.

    Link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=55Wnm_WivDk

  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 10, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    And the icing on the cake is, Kane May be back for our May game with Spurs and they may have both facing us.
    This player may put the nail in our coffin at the end of the season.
    Great work Ashley and co, let’s lose everyone that could help our club so they can hurt our club, what a fantastic football business model you have Ashley.

  • Jib

    Jan 10, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10


    Scunnymags posted a vid of the toon fans in the stadium bar at Spotland
    before KO
    They looked a very young bunch , and some seemed well away

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 10, 2020 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Interesting, Jib – Bifa was actually implying that the opposite was true….

    “The novelty of coming to a new venue resulted in a far more “experienced” profile to the visiting support here, in noticeable contrast to the younger following evident at Old Trafford”

    Whatever is true, it seems to have been a completely different group to the normal travelling fans. Not sure that Robbie Savage liked them much…


  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 10, 2020 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #12

    I think that fans are just disillusioned now across the board. We have absolutely nothing positive to latch on to and the glimmer of hope that Rafa Benitez provided has been taken away.
    With Ashley reverting to type and running the club his way we are all too aware of what’s lurking round the corner.

  • boss hoggs atm

    Jan 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    JoeLinton spent 2 seasons on loan at Rapid Wien shortly after signing for Hoffenheim, says it all really, and shut it Bruce with the spin, this boy will never make a premiership player worthy of the price tag while i’ve got a hole in my arse…

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Being not very good doesn’t warrant being booed. That’s not really on. Joelinton is not good. That’s either by application or skill, difficult to tell which at the moment because for every nice touch or lay off or hold up there are many more unhurried challenges, half-hearted runs and shoulder-shrugging watches of the ball flying into where he should be. Maybe he will get with the program, maybe he won’t. But so far he counts as a man off unfortunately. It’s not giving him abuse or being personal. It’s just seeing with our own eyes. No way he is worth double “m” figures on this showing. Joselu in all seriousness was more effective. I blame the greedy and suspect personnel who shoved him into the squad.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 10, 2020 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #15

    I know it’s too soon and in all probability it won’t happen this season but…. Is the “R” word worth bringing up? No I don’t mean the previous manager. Just wondering what the fan scenario would be if Ashley goes for the hat trick? Would we still be getting 52k sell out crowds? Would there be boycotts or other fan protests? Would Ashley call it a day and cut his losses?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 10, 2020 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think his work rate is lacking. Compared to almiron then yes, but if you use all other players against a marker like almiron then they’re all going to be lacking lol.

    We do need a striker who can score goals, which will also help joelinton and allow him to play deeper in a more suited role.

    Still feel the biggest issue in the squad is creativity. We don’t create enough chances for strikers. They barely get one chance a game, if they’re lucky. Can’t expect them to be clinical and take every chance they get. Gayle came in for criticism recently because he had opportunities to score. Granted he should have but it was still only one chance each match over 2 games. Carroll after his early header opportunity in one of the games, can’t remember which, hasn’t had another opportunity or one that I can recall. Joelinton before the Rochdale made never got a sniff of opportunities.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 10, 2020 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #17

    how is piatek 25 and Joelinton 40? one scored 30 goals the other scored 7. Joelinton was signed as a hold up player which would be fine if there was any evidence he could do that. theyve just looked at him and thought hes big he can probably hold the ball up. was anybody else in for him?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 10, 2020 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #18

    theres no link up play whatsoever as non of our attackers can pass. theyre either good at headers or good at dribbling/ sprinting. one passer could spark everything into action.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 10, 2020 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Our fans, especially those that travel are the most loyal in the country. However they are also very knowledgeable and can’t be fooled when players aren’t giving 100%. Also when they are patently poor players they will let them know. I heard one chant of “ we’re shit and we know we are”, which sums it up really; crap players, crap manager and crap owner! How bad can it get?


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