Newcastle United striker Joelinton has broken his silence on Steve Bruce as he gave his thoughts to ESPN Brazil (via ChronicleLive) on his current boss.
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As per the outlet, the 23-year old spoke about the reaction that his coach received once he was appointed and also talked about learning the English language as well as what he got up to in training during lockdown.
Joelinton scored his first goal in the Premier League since netting against Tottenham Hotspur all the way back in August when his team beat Chris Wilder’s European-chasing Sheffield United side 3-0 at St. James’ Park on Sunday, adding to earlier goals from Allan Saint-Maximin and Matt Ritchie.
It is perhaps safe to say that it has not been the easiest of campaigns for the Brazilian after his club record £39.6m move from German outfit Hoffenheim in last summer’s transfer window.
Joelinton has only managed a total of four goals and four assists in 35 games in all competitions since his big money switch to the North East, according to Transfermarkt. Nevertheless, the striker was full of praise for his manager when asked about him by ESPN Brazil, saying:
“When he arrived, he came under a lot of pressure, part of the crowd didn’t want to, because of his old work.
“A nice guy, hardworking, but who charges and is a friend, always with a strong word.
“The crowd acted in a way wrong with him as soon as he arrived. He’s doing his best.
“For me, he’s a great coach.”
Indeed, Bruce’s record as manager of the Tyneside club so far is arguably not at all bad, having guided the Magpies to 13 wins in 36 matches in all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
The Toon sit relatively comfortably in 13th place in the top flight table on 38 points, 11 away from the relegation zone with just eight games left to play.
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