What Steve Bruce did to Joelinton on Saturday night was absolutely baffling…

I think we can all agree that Joelinton looked a FAR more confident and competent player in that no.10 role just off Callum Wilson against Burnley.

It was arguably his best display in a black and white shirt, giving us a glimpse of the player who convinced us to pay big last summer. This raises the question – why on earth did Bruce play him on the right-hand side of midfield against Man Utd?!

It’s been over 48 hours since the defeat that was essentially a comedy of errors, but the role Joelinton was played was the worst of them all.

I’ve really done my research, and I can’t find a single trace of him EVER playing on the right-side, for anyone.

We can’t make excuses for the way he played – he was sloppy, the ball looked to bounce off him at times and he (not for the first time) showcased none of the attributes that made him a £40 million player. But seriously – what chance has he got if he plays brilliantly in the role that suits him one week then spends the next week on the right-hand side of a defensive, five-man midfield?!

He was simply lumped out on the right and constantly found himself isolated, with no options ahead of him and looking lost throughout.

It’s frustrating because It just feels like an extension of Bruce’s ‘hope for the best’ policy. What philosophy is there behind any of our play, never mind sticking a player, who is still lacking for confidence, in a completely alien position.

Anyone can see that Joelinton doesn’t look like playing on the right. If he’s not in the centre, he prefers to be on the left, cutting inside and driving towards goal. That’s the way he’s played his entire career.

It’s taken Bruce over a year to the Brazilian isn’t a number nine, yet (somehow) he’s still playing him out of position now he’s moved him away from that lone striker role.

Let’s just hope that he’s back in a more natural role position for Wolves on Sunday!

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5 thoughts on “What Steve Bruce did to Joelinton on Saturday night was absolutely baffling…

  1. Naming him in the team is baffling full stop. Jacob Murphy would give you more, plus he knows where the goal is.


  2. Joelinton either plays in the 10. position, or if Maxi is fit..Not at all. He can play on the left if required, but he’s still not setting anything alight is he? Murphy, Almiron and Fraser are ALL better options! Bruce is tactically inept, boasting a sh!te record spanning over years. He should be a coach, but NOT a manager or head coach! He’s a nice bloke but howay what’s the plan Steve man!??? We look clueless every week. Wait til we play Everton this season, or Leeds. They’ll cut us to pieces!


  3. Bruces total incompetance glows like a beacon in the dark and EVERY supporter we have can see it.
    There must be a way to put pressure on Ashley to ditch this buffoon like yesterday.
    Come on guys…turn up the heat on Ashley.


  4. I think I may be spotting a trend with this website.

    Maybe you should just be renaming the blog to “Let us be having the go at Bruce for everything” and just be done with it.

    It is not a fan site, it is just a forum for whingers. I suppose pandering to the mob is where the money is at.


  5. Look at it this way. I’d rather have Bruce controlling tactics at Newcastle than handling the Corona Virus. Why doesn’t Shearer have a work and tell him to quit.


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