Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is ready to drop misfiring striker Joelinton this weekend for the Premier League game against Crystal Palace.
According to The Daily Star, Bruce is considering handing a rare outing to Dwight Gayle, with the Brazilian still struggling for the Magpies.
Joelinton has featured in every single Premier League game so far this season, so he’s had ample opportunity to prove himself.
Unfortunately the striker has found the going in English football tough, scoring just three goals since his move from Hoffenheim, which cost a reported £40 million (BBC Sport).
Bruce could now turn to Gayle, who has been out of action for the last six weeks with a hamstring injury.
Gayle impressed Bruce during his last appearances against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, where he set up Miguel Almiron’s goal.
Back in training, he could get the nod for the Magpies as they seek to navigate their way away from the relegation zone and back towards the top half.
TBR’s view – Time for change
Joelinton has had a lot of opportunities for Newcastle since his transfer and the number of goals scored since his big-money move has been a disappointment.
Perhaps it is time for the South American to be replaced, which is a move that could light a fire beneath him to prompt an improvement.
Bruce is known to be a big fan of £40,000-a-week star Gayle (Spotrac) – whose injury troubles have limited him to just nine appearances all season – so it would be no surprise if, fitness permitting, he was thrust into the starting XI against his former club this weekend.