Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has slammed the apparent lack of understanding between Miguel Almiron and Joelinton, after the Magpies were beaten 3-1 by Norwich City on Saturday.
Steve Bruce’s side slipped to a second straight defeat at Carrow Road, and the pressure is already mounting on the manager, who was not a popular choice to replace Rafa Benitez as manager.
Newcastle struggled to create any good chances in the game, much to the frustration of the club’s record goalscorer Shearer.
Speaking as a pundit on Match of the Day (quoted by The Chronicle), he vented: “There is too much distance between Joelinton and Almiron. Joelinton had no support, he’s got to hold the ball up for too long and there’s no-one within 40 to 50 yards of him.
“Almiron hasn’t scored for Newcastle and one of the reasons why is his lack of movement. I spoke earlier about players getting into the box and gambling and he’s got to do that. He’s a forward, Newcastle need him to score and assist.
“Time and time again Joelinton was on his own. They could have played for another three or four hours and I wouldn’t have fancied those two to combine. They’ve got to work as a partnership better.”
Newcastle will certainly struggle in front of goal again this term if the duo do not work things out.
Obviously it is early days for Joelinton, but Almiron’s form in front of goal is becoming a worry.
It doesn’t get any easier for Newcastle with Tottenham Hotspur up next, but fans are right to expect much more from their £60 million attack.
Having lost Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez this summer, the onus is on the South American duo to replace the loss of goals in the team.