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Newcastle’s Joelinton can become key for Steve Bruce in altered role

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Newcastle’s Joelinton can become key for Steve Bruce in altered role

Newcastle United have made a decent start to the 2020/21 season results-wise.

The club currently sit ninth in the Premier League after winning two, drawing one and losing one of their opening four games.

Steve Bruce did some decent business with the signings of Jeff Hendrick, Jamal Lewis, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser.

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The hope is that the new quartet will be able to get the Magpies into the top half come the end of the season, and it’s been a pretty good start from all of them.

Wilson especially has hit the ground running, scoring four goals in his five appearances so far.

 

One man who hasn’t really been spoken much about, certainly be neutrals and pundits, is the club’s record signing Joelinton.

The South American’s struggles last term were well documented, but quietly, he’s been one of Newcastle standout performer’s so far in 2020/21.

TBR’s View – Joelinton can be crucial member of Wilson’s supporting cast

Bruce has used Joelinton a little deeper this term to accomodate Wilson as the main centre-forward – and it’s been working.

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The 24-year-old – who is thought to earn around £80,000-a-week (Shields Gazette) – looks much more effective playing just off the man up top, where he can receive the ball between the opposition defence and midfield and drive forwards with it.

If he can just completely forget about his price tag, then he could well flourish for Newcastle in this slightly deeper role and become a key player for Bruce – it has certianly been a very encouraging start.

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