Steve Bruce has admitted that he might consider changing Joelinton’s position in the near future, The Chronicle reports.
Joelinton has been playing as a centre-forward since his club-record switch from Hoffenheim. But Bruce thinks he might be better suited to playing on the left-wing.
Bruce said that he previously watched Joelinton in a Champions League game and he was playing on the left flank. This is a change he might ponder as Newcastle manager moving forward.
Joelinton has struggled since moving to St James’ Park. With just one goal to his name, he has not had the desired impact of a new striker. With a massive price tag hanging over his head, Joelinton is feeling the pressure.
Bruce on Joelinton
Bruce told a press conference (via The Chronicle): “He’s just got to keep working away and let’s hope we can try and keep encouraging him if we can. He has to get into the box more often.
“In that respect, you can see why half of his career was played to a side in a 4-3-3. When I saw him play live, he played on the left-hand side against Man City in the Champions League.
“You can understand it because half of his career he hasn’t been a natural centre forward so that might give me a bit of a food for thought later to play him on the left as well if we’ve got a problem.”
Spending £40m on a winger to play as a lone striker is ludicrous. The young Brazilian forward has been hung out to dry in a new league with the added responsibility of playing in the number 9 role.
If he does move to the left-wing, Bruce needs to make a difficult decision. Allan Saint-Maximin currently plays there, with Miguel Almiron on the other flank. Who drops out of the side for Joelinton? And who plays up front?