Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has once again defended his attacking trio ahead of the weekend’s fixture away to West Ham.
The Magpies travel to the London Stadium for a Premier League fixture and a familiar concern will be there on how effective they can be in attack.
They have just six goals in their opening 10 league games and it means they sit just above the relegation spots as it stands.
Bruce has leaped to the defence of attackers Miguel Almiron, Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton.
They have started the last four consecutive Newcastle matches, with Almiron and Saint-Maximin providing the width either side of central figure Joelinton.
But they have just one goal between them all season across all competition, which was the winner Joelinton scored against Tottenham back in August.
“The three of them are all still settling in. Maybe Almiron has had longer than Joelinton and Saint-Maximin. Yes we are aware of it and we have to improve on it but I think we will get there,” Bruce said, as quoted by the Chronicle.
Bruce is trying to remain upbeat over his front trio, but Newcastle fans should be frustrated over his comments about them and it may be time to drop the nice act.
They have needed time to adapt to English football and it’s not easy to hit the ground running, but the lack of goal return has been shocking and it looks like another season of fighting relegation in the Premier League.
Joelinton can’t help that the Magpies forked out £40million (BBC) for him in the summer to sign from Hoffenheim, but his performances have been inconsistent and he doesn’t like like a natural goalscorer.
Meanwhile, Almiron joined for £20million (BBC) back in January and he’s remarkably not managed a goal or assist.
Allan Saint-Maximin should be immune from the same kind of criticism considering he’s only managed six games since his arrival due to injury and looks a creative threat, but £16.5million (BBC) was still spent to bring him to St James’ Park and he needs to try start firing.
After spending £76.5million on a new frontline, Newcastle fans have every right to be fuming with their team’s lacklustre performances in attack so far this season.
There is definitely still time for the three individuals to come good in a Newcastle shirt, but Bruce should consider looking at different options and trying something different.