Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce claimed after his team’s convincing win in the Carabao Cup that Brazilian attacker Joelinton needs to become more selfish.
The Magpies thumped League Two Morecambe 7-0 away from home in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
Joelinton scored twice in the cup fixture, plus their were goals for Miguel Almiron, Jacob Murphy, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles, as well as a late own goal from Morecambe’s Sam Lavelle.
Newcastle have continued into the fourth round of the cup and have now won three of their opening four matches in the 2020/21 season to make it a strong start.
They have already qualified from two rounds in the League Cup, while their Premier League has kicked off with a win over West Ham and defeat to Brighton.
Bruce spoke about Joelinton after the midweek win and admitted he could become more selfish, but was overall pleased with his two-goal display.
“He might have to be a bit more selfish. I was delighted when he put one in the top corner & cut in, it was great to see that ability we know he has. We just have to bring it out of him. It won’t do him any harm to score two today and contribute the way he did,” Bruce said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Joelinton impressed in the cup by leading the line, albeit to put it into context he was only playing League Two opposition.
The forward has been used as an impact substitute in the opening two league games of the season, but got 90 minutes under his belt on Wednesday and for him it’s all about building confidence.
The 24-year-old is going to become more greedy on the ball if he starts scoring goals regularly and there has been a lot of pressure on him since his move to St James’ Park last summer, which was for a staggering club-record transfer fee of £40million (BBC).
But the arrival of Callum Wilson at striker will help ease the burden on him, as Joelinton can now be used as a centre-forward option or even from the left wing cutting inside.