Speaking for The Athletic, Shearer also gave a blunt ‘no’ to questions about a potential return to management, insisting it’s not in his plans at all – despite ‘loving’ his eight games in charge of Newcastle United.
Starting with Joelinton, here’s what he had to say when asked about the criticism he’s received following his big money move from the Bundesliga:
“I’ve said it before that I think it’s unfair on Joelinton.
“One, the price tag. Two, playing him as a centre-forward because I don’t think he is one but they didn’t have anyone else. And three, the No 9 shirt.
“You can see the difference a goalscorer gives you, which is what Newcastle have this season already. The scrappy goals, like the winner against Everton, was exactly what we have been missing. It’s imperative Wilson stays fit.”
Joelinton’s lack of movement hasn’t helped him either, however I’d argue that relates to Shearer’s second point regarding him being played out of position.
After all, you’re not going to make runs like a natural No 9 if you aren’t one!
Shearer then had this to say when asked “Would you consider going back into management?”:
“I loved my eight games in charge at Newcastle years back but I don’t see myself going back into management at all, no.
As expected, it’s a firm no, with Big Al seeming settled in his role as Match of the Day pundit and columnist for The Athletic.
Back to Joelinton, it’s interesting to see Shearer defend the Brazilian after being one of his biggest critics during his awful first season at St James’ Park.
He’s dropped out of Bruce’s side in recent weeks, however we may need him to step up soon if Callum Wilson’s hamstring injury does keep him out for a big chunk of the festive period!