Gabby Agbonlahor has been left to slam the displays of both Joelinton and Ryan Fraser for Newcastle United so far in the 2020/21 term.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England international striker was very critical of the duo, and also suggested that Steve Bruce may drop them for the remainder of the games in the season:
“You look at Joelinton, he hasn’t turned up all season for Newcastle. He’s still not turning up.
“For me, Steve Bruce has now got to work out what 11 players are going to fight for him and fight for the club and pick them. If that’s Dwight Gayle, if that’s Andy Carroll, if that’s Matt Ritchie, if that’s the Longstaff brothers in midfield.
“Whoever is going to fight for him and the club – that’s what it’s about now.
“Certain players are letting him down, the likes of Ryan Fraser, the likes of Joelinton, they’re not doing anything, they’re not showing any hunger, they’re not showing any fight.
“I’m sure Steve Bruce will be making changes for the games coming up.”
Newcastle need more from Joelinton and Fraser
The St. James’ Park faithful certainly need to see more from both Joelinton and Fraser from now until the end of the campaign if they have ambitions of avoiding being relegated from the top flight down to the EFL Championship.
Should Fraser start for Newcastle?
The former continues to fail to live up to his hefty transfer fee, with a mere three goals and three assists in 28 games in total over all competitions so far this season (Transfermarkt), while Fraser himself has been pretty underwhelming as a new arrival in the summer, with just one goal and three assists to his name from 22 matches played (Transfermarkt).
Considering the recent injuries to the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron, both of these players have certainly not shown why they should be playing in Steve Bruce’s team instead, as they look destined to be squad players from now until they leave the North East club.
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