NUFC reporter reveals the Joelinton move Steve Bruce is ‘strongly considering’ this week

The Mirror’s Simon Bird claims Steve Bruce is seriously considering leaving Joelinton out of the side ahead of this weekend’s trip to Wolves.

The north-east reporter questions whether the misfiring Brazilian will be given a ‘rest’ to protect his mental state after a ‘confidence-wrecking’ in the side, with him berated by Newcastle fans following our 1-1 draw at Rochdale last weekend.

He suggests there’s a ‘strong’ chance Bruce will take him out of the firing line as a result – and his case for doing so will only have been increased after Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle returned to training this week.

Here’s a snippet from his latest piece for The Mirror:

This is one solution Bruce is exploring (leaving him out). Does he need a rest, mentally from the pressure of his confidence-wrecking spell of poor form and missed chances, more than physically?

Sometimes sitting out a game or two out, studying it, seeing a bigger picture of how you can do better, can revitalise a struggling player.

Bruce will be considering this as a strong option for the trip to Wolves . Only Bruce and the coaches who work with Joelinton know what his mood is in training, how team mates are rallying around, and whether he’s banging in goals and doing the business in sessions we don’t see.

I’ve defended Joelinton – and am always a believer in giving new signings a chance to settle in and come good before judging them too quickly (especially young players arriving from abroad) – but he’s becoming difficult to defend now.

His lack of quality in front of goal has been worrying, even when of some of his approach play has been promising, however it was the lack of desire and poor body language that was most disappointing to see at Rochdale for me.

He’s clearly shot for confidence, but he must learn that putting himself about, working hard and battling for every ball are the LEAST we expect from our club record signing – and the easiest way to get fans back onside.

If he’s left in the side I’d play him out wide and keep Andy Carroll up top – someone he could earn a thing or two from – however I wouldn’t be surprised if Bruce took him out the firing line this weekend.

(Fancy writing for us? Get in touch at NUFCblogsubmissions@gmail.com & we’ll get back to you!)

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

3 thoughts on “NUFC reporter reveals the Joelinton move Steve Bruce is ‘strongly considering’ this week

  1. The only reason for defending Joelinton would be the fact he is simply not PL standard and he most clearly is not a striker – and not THE striker we needed following the loss of Rondon and Perez.
    He was bought by idiots for too high a fee to do a job he’s not capable of.

      (Quote)

  2. Please help!

    My team is in need of a professional someone.

    Or actually a professional anyone.

    To blame Lintons, Miguels, or even Gayles is to keep the norm streaming down an upgiven stream upon T.

    Get in shape you!

    WHY oh why, Bruce the Excuse won’t you step up?

    If I got my ‘DREAMJOB’ I wouldn’t be, MackemCockGobbler to start with.

    But if I got even close to be a part of the magic that is this club, I would at least try to:
    1. PLAY FOOTBALL
    2. TELL MY PLAYERS TO PLAY FOOTBALL.
    3. TRY FOOTBALL FOR A CHANGE.
    4. MAYBE PASS THE BALL ONCE.
    5. NOT KILL MY BEST PLAYERS.
    6. NEVER BLAME PLAYERS WHO WOULD DO A BETTER JOB THAN ME.
    7. SHOOT MYSELF IN THE IGNORANCE. SORRY, HEAD.

      (Quote)

  3. Thought the Joelinton move he was strongly considering was going to be a loan to Stevenage (or similar)!

      (Quote)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green