With the news swirling around about the proposed takeover of Newcastle, we have to admire the way current boss Steve Bruce and his players are going about their jobs.
The lads are preparing for our first game back when the Premier League restarts after the coronavirus pandemic delayed the season on Friday, March 13th.
The first game is on Sunday, 21st June against Sheffield United at home.
Newcastle played a friendly behind closed doors yesterday at Benton and beat Middlesbrough 3-2 with Joelinton scoring one of the goals.
And the striker had scored in an intra-squad friendly previously, but of course, these games are nothing like a Premier League game.
Steve Bruce with Joelinton
The manager has been talking to nufcTV about the former Hoffenheim forward after the win against Middlesbrough yesterday, as reported in the Chronicle:
“A lot has been said of his goal return, and we’ve always said for a young player with a big price tag and the number 9 on his back, it’s never going to be easy.”
“The one thing he has got the ability to do is to roll up his sleeves and have a go, and nobody can fault him in that respect.”
“Of course now, he’s got to add what center-forward’s do and that’s score a goal.”
“We’ve been working on him to work more inside the box and more within the posts, and thankfully today again he was in the right position at the right time which is vitally important.”
“He’s reflected on how it is in England and what it’s like, so I’m sure there’s more to come.”
It’s no secret the former Hoffenheim forward has had his struggles since joining us last summer for a hefty fee of around £35M.
He’s scored 3 goals with two of those coming in Cup games, so he needs to score more goals in the league, there’s no doubt about that.
But the player is still young and willing to do the hard work and roll up his sleeves to become a better player.
Players coming in from abroad often take their first season just to adjust to the demands of the very tough Premier League.
Joelinton is a good footballer, and he’s by no means a lost cause at Newcastle.
And some goals during the final 9 games of the season will do his confidence a world of good.
What do you think?