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Bruce Convinced ‘Hungry’ Striker Will Be Ok

Much of Steve Bruce’s press conference this morning was spent on the plight of our record signing Joelinton and his struggles in front of the net.

The 23-year-old has just one Premier League goal to his name despite starting all but one of the fixtures. It’s a return that has to be concerning for all involved with the club.

It may just be that Joelinton, who has never been prolific in his career, is just not going to contribute as many goals as was hoped when he signed from Hoffenheim this past summer.

He just doesn’t have the natural instinct that many top goalscorers possess. Steve Bruce mentioned some of that during his press conference this morning:

“Like the great strikers that you talk about who are goalscorers, he has to be a bit more selfish. A bit like a top goalscorer. They are totally selfish. All they are interested in is scoring a goal.

“Joe is not like that. He’s more of a team player. He’s played to a side a lot, which I think is pretty evident on a lot of occasions.”

It’s looking highly unlikely that Joelinton is going to be the next great number nine at Newcastle. At least in terms of scoring goals. That doesn’t mean that he is necessarily a flop.

He’s being asked to play a role that he’s just not comfortable in. Newcastle will have to address the striker situation in the summer and bring in a natural goalscorer.

Joelinton can then play in a more withdrawn role or ‘to a side’ as Steve Bruce puts it. Unless of course, he shows dramatic improvement to finish this season.

Bruce was asked a number of times about Joelinton not showing the instincts of a striker so far this season. Bruce responded in kind that he has to continue to work to get into the position to score goals:

“A natural goalscorer is something which there are not many around. He has to keep working and improving. His finishing is excellent in training.

“He doesn’t get himself in the positions enough, which is something that we’re working on. He’s got to be a bit more selfish. If he does that, then we’re convinced he’ll be ok.”

When asked if Joelinton had the hunger to be successful at Newcastle, Bruce was quick to respond that Joelinton certainly has shown the desire to improve:

“He’s certainly got the hunger. He never shies away from anything. With all the criticism and with all the stuff, he’ll be desperate to play tomorrow even though he’s had a niggling thigh injury.

“He’s one of them who doesn’t miss a day’s training, doesn’t shirk anything. With that, you hope that he comes good.”

It’s been a disastrous season so far for Joelinton. You have to have some level of sympathy for him. The style of play at the moment does him no favors.

We still think Joelinton can have a successful career at Newcastle. However, it’s likely going to take a change of role or system to see that happen.

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45 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #1


    No doubt there will all kinds of jam tomorrow statements from Ashley. If only the fans realised after the 10,000 free ticket giveaway they for once hold the upper hand. Imagine what sub 20K crowds would do. No business can sustain that and the bad publicity that accompanies it. When bruce said could ash do something to help the dwindling crowds witnessing his garbage brand of football, he probably didnt have a 10,000 free ticket giveaway in mind.10,000 say it slowly, that is a shocking indictment on any one manager. As bruce said the fans aren’t stupid.

  • Spellcheck

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s such a shame for the lad but it’s clear for everyone to see he’s no No.9. Not impressed with signing of Bentaleb either if I’m honest. What does he offer that our own born n bred ginger pirlo, Matty Longstaff doesn’t. It’s been yet another hopeless season with a wee fa cup run but asides from that I won’t be renewing my season ticket. Ashley out please.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #3
  • toon22

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4


    It’s proper odd watching you talk to yer alts


    Have we been sold yet ?

  • Spellcheck

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Give it a rest frog

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6

    not sure i’d want any of the 3 loanees tbh. All 3 have allegedly not great for team spirit temperaments, bentaleb has done nothing in 3 games, including against league 1 opposition, rose was kind of on a downwards spiral and I’d much prefer a fit again Willems and Valentino can’t get his game at Inter. ok we needed a left back but still can’t believe no striker, even on loan, wasn’t added.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    So Joelinton might not be a striker?

    Bloody hell, whatever next?

    Mike is not honest.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #8

    When he chucked the 10k tickets out of his helicopter window, Ashley’s fans on the ground got themselves scurrying like rats on social media saying it was this great benevolent act. We even had some on here claiming it was some kind of victory over the protesters! It was a complete transparent farce.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9


    do you have actual proof of any alts? It would help your case enormously if you did and stop you being set up as a figure of ridicule. Many of your points would then have some gravitas.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Joelinton doesn’t even know how to lurk in areas strikers need to. He keeps dropping deep, never saw him once hang on a CB’s shoulder just out of his peripheral vision ready to cut in ahead and barge him off a through ball. Never saw him rush headlong into the box when a winger gets to the byline. Not a striker by any stretch. Why on earth was he bought? What really went in there?

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #11


    steady on now!!! You’re telling me mikey is not someone you can trust. Whatever next…..!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s embarrassing and such a waste when miggy and the St go on long bursting runs, look up and no sign of anyone within 30 yards. bruce has the policy of if it doesn’t work the first 29 times, it might just on the 30th.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley could have done some charitable work with those tickets, but of course the idea was to give them to folk who he already knows are dutifully filing through the turnstiles because no doubt they would have like-minded compliant relatives / non relatives who would also obediently shuffle in.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14


    It was Ash’s spiteful and perverse 2 fingered parting shot to Rafa

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #15


    I know maybe I’m being a little harsh, I mean he did give tickets away out of his deep love for the club and it’s fans.

    And he is trying very hard to sell the club but none of these billionaires actually have any money.

  • cyprus

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Joelington, in truth, doesn’t miss many chances. Nor does he get many. Or make any. Even the best CFs miss 75% of their efforts.

    Still, he isn’t blameless. He has to get in the box a lot more.

    E.g. ASM had bellerin in his pocket, it was clear he could drift past him. Did so a couple times, crossed the ball, all that was needed was someone there to tap it in.

    That’s what Yedlin can do in a more attacking set up. Or Almiron.

    Or, hopefully, Joelington..

    PS. It’s good that Bruce is supporting him in public.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #17


    It was a typical MA gamble with the added bonus of trying to show that upstart Benitez who knew more about football.

    It’s a shame that my coffee table probably has as much football knowledge as our owner.

  • lesh

    Feb 21, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #18


    I wouldn’t be surprised if the reported words from Bruce about helping the fans weren’t a ‘quote’ created by Bishop to cover Ashley’s desperation when faced with 10k empty seats.

  • IrishRob

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Crows dont make a difference to Ashley, empty stadium or full stadium doesnt hinder his advertising for his MAIN BREAD WINNER sports direct.

    All empty stadiums will do is attract more media attention which in turn will advertise his tat even more.

    I wish ppl would stop taking like empty seats would actually hurt him. They really really dont!!

  • IrishRob

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #20


  • lesh

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #21


    Jib, the eternal optimist? Of course he is, he’s
    got no choice. There must be something, somebody, somewhere that’ll give him something useful to do. Imagine filling your time in all day living in a fantasy world, googling, copying, pasting and waiting for Bishop to give him the day’s lines to take in support of his lord and master, Ashley.

    You’d think the least Ashley could do is buy Jib a cheap flight to Andalucia so he could truthfully say he’s been there – albeit as far as Malaga airport.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #22


    I can think of 10,000 reasons that crowds do matter.

  • Jib

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Follow he U23’s vs Scunny (KO1300) on here
    just keep refreshing the page

    1 – 0 up after 17 mins

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Thank foot forget fellow bloggers. Back to GMT and the sunny climes of South Shields!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #25

    *for that

  • Assassins Inc

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Bruce, come on, there’s one thing all great strikers had that your not supplying.

    Another striker, Shearer had Les, Shearer also had Sutton, So compare just one number nine and there is your answer.

    Look through history, Andy Cole & Peter Beardsley – 55 goals, Luis Suarez & Daniel Sturridge – 52 goals, Alan Shearer & Chris Sutton – 49 goals, Alan Shearer & Les Ferdinand – 49 goals, I’ll even put up a Mackems numbers, Kevin Phillips & Niall Quinn – 44 goals, Robbie Fowler & Stan Collymore – 42 goals, Eidur Gudjohnsen & Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – 37 goals, Wayne Rooney & Ruud van Nistelrooy – 37 goals, Dwight Yorke & Andy Cole – 35 goals, Thierry Henry & Dennis Bergkamp – 34 goals.

    Steve can you see a pattern, can you honestly see it, it may take a little time to work it but they all did, let’s think about it.

  • lesh

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #27


    20 home matches with 90 minutes of blanket exposure of SD and his other brands comes out as 30 hours of worldwide advertising a season. He’s getting that for £2m a year where you or I would be expected to pay anything from £3k to £30k for a 30 second TV slot. If SD was paying a TV channel for equivalent advertising time, that 90 mins of coverage comes out at a cost of up to £540k or £5.4m a season – and that’s probably UK only.

    You do the sums and you might just see why he’s keen to keep NUFC in the Prem as cheaply as possible. Similarly, you might see why he’s keen to keep hold of his advertising when it comes to a sale.

    Just a thought

    Cue Ashley’s cheerleaders…

  • geordietom

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #28


  • Ron Knee

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #29

    “In total, since 2016, the local and federal costs for T***p’s sporting triumphs total $152m. Or roughly $50.6m a year for The Donald to play golf. That’s more than any other sports organisation has ever paid someone to play golf.”

    (“This includes thousands of dollars for lodging and feeding Secret Service agents, paid directly to the resort owned by T***p.”)

  • IrishRob

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Not in this instance! A crowds barely pay for anything nowadays. The revenue from match day tickets is 20M for the whole season. The loss of revenue for a whole season of matches with a 10k attendance drop is 4M.

    The less and Less people show up the more and more the media is going to cover it, giving him even more advertising.

    Then realise that NUFC Is a very very small part of Ashley’s income compared to Sports Direct he could literally subsidise the entire years ticket sales if he needed to and it wouldnt affect him because he would still be getting even more revenue from the fact that media would turn up in their droves to show an empty stadium.

    You’re living in cookoo land if you think it’s going to affect him.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #31


    So he just gave away 10,000 tickets out of an act of kindness?

    If it’s really of zero consequence to him at all then why not just offer free tickets to all?

  • lesh

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Important correction @27

    * Should’ve said 38 matches with up to 90 minutes of blanket exposure of SD and his other brands…

    Obviously that change makes a significant difference to the numbers…… you do the sums but in any event, Ashley and SD do alright for £2m a year

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Ron Knee,
    Mashers has in the short term made more money from us than hisThai counterparts at Leicester city. Seeing that Boeing decked out in the King Power and Leicester livery at BKK airport saddened me. Mashers may well have earned more money but he is despised in the same way as Oyston is throughout the footballing world. We just got seriously unlucky inheriting this cn%t.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Irishrob you’re deluding yourself if you think Ashley will chuck 20k tickets at people for the sake of it. If they didn’t matter he’d just let the seats stay empty, less work for him. I’d like to see your proof that internationally televised bad publicity doesn’t affect SD. If it didn’t, why, again, would Mike be bothered about the crowd?

  • simon376

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #35

    It’s freezing here and the wind is howling, wish I could go to where you have just been

  • lesh

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #36

    @27 and 32

    Ffs, up to 40 matches!…

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #37


    You seriously saying having to give away 10000 free tickets had no impact.? Please tell me what we’re missing here. More + more fans voting with their feet.

  • Unused Substitute

    Feb 21, 2020 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Typical involvement of Joelinton in Bruce’s setup is one of the following:

    Scenario 1
    Joelinton receives a hoofball by winning an aerial. Then he has to carry out the impossible task of creating a scoring opportunity for himself surrounded by a number of defenders all by himself.

    Scenario 2
    Joelinton starts from half line sets Almirón or Saint Maximin on a run, can’t keep up with them.

    Scenario 3
    Almirón or Saint Maximin carries the ball right from our box simply bypassing Joelinton hovering somewhere around the center line.

    Scenario 4
    Joelinton lurks in an advanced position but fails to take a scoring position.

    Only in the fourth, Joelinton has some chance of being productive. For that he needs to get out of his hangover of his 442 or 433 past and the team needs to be setup for playing wide and firing crosses (by putting Almirón on the left and Saint Maximin on the right) for bodies (Joelinton, Betntaleb or M Longstaff) in the opponent box.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 21, 2020 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m looking forward to getting our top goal scorer back!

  • Do One Dinosaur

    Feb 21, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Joelinton hungry? Not as hungry as me. Chomp chomp chomp. Come on Brucie gizza pair of boots, I can do a better job upfront. I will terrorise the other teams defense !!!


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