Date: 18th February 2020 at 7:00pm
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Many Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media to Joelinton’s appalling touch map away to Arsenal during Sunday’s 4-0 defeat.

Joelinton opened the Premier League fixture as head coach Steve Bruce’s designated centre-forward, but the boss would later be left astonished when it was revealed to him that the 23-year-old only took three touches inside the Gunners’ penalty area.

“In the opposition box? Really?” Bruce queried, per quotes by BBC Sport. “That seems a strange stat. We have to find a way of scoring more and certainly Joe of being more selfish.

“He has played a lot of his career to a side and not played as an out-and-out number nine. He is 23-years-old, he has a lot to learn and give.”

Joelinton starting Sunday’s match at striker was the 29th time this season across all competitions that Bruce has deployed him in the role, with the boss only tasking the Brazilian with playing elsewhere when fielded at left-wing against Burnley in December.

Where should Bruce field Joelinton vs Palace on Saturday?

Striker

Striker

Left-wing

Left-wing

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Midfield

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Bench

The move to left-wing failed to see Joelinton end what is now a 23 league game goal drought as we drew 0-0 at Turf Moor, but the forward frequently preferred to drift out to that position at the Emirates Stadium over the weekend.

A vast majority of his 47 touches were taken on the left-flank of our offence in North London, while often centred on the edge of the halfway line and only one recorded on the edge of Arsenal’s penalty area – yet still on the wing.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Joelinton’s appalling touch map in North London…

In other Newcastle United news, Bruce has met with a 22-cap man keen to join in a permanent deal but did not discuss any potential transfer.

 
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