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‘Maybe Another 12 Months’ – Bruce Still Hopeful Magpie Will Adapt To The Premier League

A few weeks ago, Steve Bruce admitted something that plenty of fans already knew – that Joelinton is not a natural goalscorer. Bruce followed those comments up this week by playing the 23-year-old on the left wing and giving Dwight Gayle, who is a natural striker, a go up top.

The impact on Newcastle’s style of play was immediate as Gayle ran the channels and was in and around the box all game.

As long as Gayle can stay fit, which is a big question, Joelinton will likely continue on the wing over the next few weeks.

The big money signing from Hoffenheim has scored just three times in all competitions this season. It has been a frustrating start, to say the least to his Newcastle career.

However, many factors have led to his ineffectiveness. Not least of which is the style of play that Newcastle have implemented for much of this campaign. Joelinton has been far too isolated up front.

Bruce has changed that for the moment by adding another player at the top of the pitch. But it’s come too late for Joelinton, at least for the time being.

Another glaring issue is that Newcastle pinned all of their hopes on a young player who’d never really played as a lone striker.

Couple that with him being forced to adapt instantly to one of the hardest leagues to quickly find your feet in, and it was really a doomed proposition from the start.

Steve Bruce, however, despite his contentions that Joelinton is not a natural striker, has not abandoned all hope that he will come through and become a successful Newcastle number nine.

The Northern Echo have published the following comments from the head coach about Joelinton and strikers in the Premier League:

“This year, you only have to look at West Ham investing heavily in a big center-forward and I can understand the way the club were thinking.

“They wanted a big center-forward to lead the line, the No 9 for Newcastle, and you search around England and think, ‘where do you get one of those?’

“So, of course, you go to Europe and if you look at Sebastien Haller at West Ham and the boy who’s injured at Aston Villa (Wesley), who’s another big No.9, and you look at the returns they give, they have all found it difficult.

“That’s my experience of it. It takes a while so maybe another 12 months.

“Of course you can’t wait that long – that’s the problem. We’ll try to find a solution. In my opinion, unless you’re a top one, to get used to the Premier League takes maybe a season.”

There’s a bit of a mixed message here from Bruce. He says it generally takes a year for a striker to find his way in the Premier League.

However, he asserts that it could take another 12 months for Joelinton, which we suppose is a good thing for Newcastle fans.

The club cannot go into next season expecting Joelinton to suddenly become a goalscorer. They must bring in another couple of strikers who can get some goals for this club.

While Bruce hasn’t given up hope on the Brazilian just yet, thankfully, he is planning on addressing the striker position in the summer.

“Of course we are looking at the summer. We would be wrong not to. That’s why I didn’t spend any money in January.

“If I had brought someone in who was not of better quality, we would be stuck in the same situation. We’ll go again, we’ll have another look again and see what we can do.”

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21 comments so far

  • Do One Dinosaur ©

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Sometimes it takes a beat of a player to monster the opposition and scare them into submission.

    I’ll freely offer my services. It’s every Geordie’s dream to play No. 9.

    These old legs aren’t maybe what they used to be, but I’ll give it a shot

    Roaaaaarrrrgggghhh !!

  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2


    And let’s not forget Josh White’s version.


    That’s utter tripe about the royalties. Price would have had to register his composer claim with Performing Rights Society.

    Bill’s son

    Just checking you haven’t done a u turn after Saturday’s result

  • Do One Dinosaur ©

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    *beast* not beat. Sausage fingers again

  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Bruce should shut up. That article does him no good at all.

    He didn’t spend any money? Ashley’ll be delighted to hear that!

    12 months for a striker to bed in yet he was delighted to be given Joelinton and given injuries, didn’t feel the need for a striker in January?

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Bruce being modest as always, that’s what the greats do, 12 months pah!

    The new era has become and the footballing world is ours.

  • geordietom

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6


    another song by the animals…

  • beermonkey

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    so who at the club decided we needed a big no9 amd then decided to convert joelinton

  • geordietom

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8
  • Jib

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    lesh not tripe at all
    The House Of The Rising Sun” by The Animals was a global hit,
    The single’s royalties, were assigned to Alan Price as sole arranger


  • Just a fan

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    I thought Alan price had his name on the record as arranger

  • Just a fan

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Ps I used to deliver Eric burdons parents chronicle.or so I was led to believe.

  • Jib

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Why you have to “huff puff snort harrumph that’s utter tripe”
    instead of “I disagree” or “are you sure”
    Have you had your heart checked out lately ?

  • Just a fan

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib beat me to it.

  • Jib

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Do One Dinosaur

    Deffo not goalie
    You have arms like Jordan Pickford

  • Jib

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Was your paper round in Walker ?

  • Do One Dinosaur ©

    Mar 2, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Just a Fan @11 – Were they still in Marondale Avenue? That was home to Eric. I could even tell you the number, but that might set a few old Animals fan’s trecking to the front door of the current occupants :0)

  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Bruce took over Sunderland, an established premier league team, spent massively especially on wages and was s***.

    Id say the best hes done was at Wigan where he did surprisingly ok, but not as good as Martinez. Birmingham was so long ago all I remember is they were one of the most boring teams ever and I still hate them now because of that. Hull he got them promoted but didnt do as well as whoever managed Hull first time they got in the premier league. He spent massively at Villa and flopped.

    nearly a 500 epl games with an average pts per game of 1 tells the whole story. howe dyche and others have took over smaller teams, spent less and got far superior results.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    My paper round was if I can still remember.
    Emmerdale some thing Kent avenue.others ending in dale.
    Just down from mead walk.
    I believe maradale was a cul de sac.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 2, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #19

    Borrowdale ?

  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #20


    Price registered himself as sole arranger of a folk song but wouldn’t the rest of the band have felt a tad pi$$ed off when he could have named all of them?

  • neverbeento wembly

    Mar 3, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #21

    There are only a few home games left this season & if we really want to get rid of Fatty nothing less than a boycott will get his attention. No matter how long you have supported the club you can not get any pleasure going to watch them in their own half for 70% of game hoping for fluke 1-0 win or 0-0 tie. Empty seats & not spending one penny anywhere Fatty will benefit from will get his attention far more than idle talk in pub on a Fri night


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