Newcastle United lost 3-1 at Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle United suffered a disappointing Saturday afternoon, as they lost 3-1 away at newly-promoted Norwich City.
The Magpies were blown away by the Canaries, who were 3-0 up on 75 minutes thanks to a superb hat-trick by striker Teemu Pukki.
Newcastle did pull one back through Jonjo Shelvey late on, but Steve Bruce is already facing massive questions about the direction of his side after such a toothless display.
It’s all well and good spending £40million on Joelinton, but without support and service, Newcastle may as well have re-signed Carl Cort to lead their attack.
The Brazilian was left isolated once again, and Bruce has to realise that his 5-3-2 system, with playmaker Miguel Almiron supporting Joelinton, simply isn’t working.
Almiron – a big-money signing by Rafael Benitez in January – is still seeking his first Newcastle goal, and as if that wasn’t enough pressure, the Paraguayan is now expected to be a creator, a dribbler, a counter-attacking outlet and a goalscorer.
His current role under Bruce is baffling at best, and former Magpies hero Alan Shearer has told Match of the Day (17/08/2019), as quoted by The Chronicle, that a lack of movement is the reason for Almiron’s goal drought.
Shearer feels that Almiron isn’t gambling on getting into the box, and as the man relied upon to support Joelinton, he needs to take more risks going forward and work on his partnership with the Brazilian if Newcastle are to score goals.
“Almiron hasn’t scored for Newcastle and one of the reasons why is his lack of movement,” said Shearer. “I spoke earlier about players getting into the box and gambling and he’s got to do that. He’s a forward, Newcastle need him to score and assist. There was no-one supporting or assisting Joelinton but Almiron has got to get further forward if Newcastle are going to score goals.”
“Time and time again Joelinton was on his own. They could have played for another three or four hours and I wouldn’t have fancied those two to combine. They’ve got to work as a partnership better,” he added.