Former footballer Clinton Morrison has criticised Joelinton’s start to life in English football, suggesting that the Newcastle United forward does not work hard enough, irrespective of his poor goal return this season.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Morrison admitted it takes time to adapt to a new league, but insisted the Brazilian striker should be working harder to change things on Tyneside, while he also suggested that Bruce is already looking for strikers in the transfer market as Newcastle look to consolidate their top-flight status.
He said: “You’re playing for a huge club like Newcastle, you’ve taken that number nine. You’ve got to have big confidence if you want to take the number nine [shirt].
“But I think where Newcastle fans have not been happy with him [is] he’s not put a shift in. When you’re not scoring goals, fans will take it for a little bit, but as long as you put the hard work in. He has not been putting in the hard work.
“They paid a lot of money for Joelinton. He has to start scoring. But at the same time, Steve Bruce is looking for strikers.
“I don’t think you can write him off for his first season in the Premier League, he’s come in from abroad, it does take a bit of time to adapt.”
It is clear that Joelinton’s record in front of goal has been poor this season, with the Brazilian striker clearly having some way to go before he pays off the enormous sum Newcastle paid for his services.
Although it is difficult to quantify work rate, the fact that he is often hauled off during matches is perhaps a sign that Steve Bruce does not see him as someone who can keep going until the final whistle, while his selection for a cup replay that the team could have arguably done without potentially points to a chance to boost his confidence against lower-league opposition, above all else.
Perhaps Joelinton will now have turned a corner, but despite stopping his scoring rot in midweek, Morrison seems well within his rights to demand more from the 23-year-old.
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