Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has told his centre forward Joelinton that he ‘has got to learn’ if he wants to keep progressing in the Premier League.
The Brazillian played 58 minutes in his side’s 2-1 win against Southampton, though at the time he came off, his side were 1-0 behind. On came the far more experienced Andy Carroll, and it would be unfair to say that this change wasn’t the key turning point as the Magpies began to grow in confidence and look far more of a threat.
Speaking to press after the game, Bruce confirmed that he had a long way to go, but still thinks he will turn out to be a very important asset.
He said: “It’s that confidence one with him,
“He’s got to learn from big Andy. He’s new into the Premier League and is only young, and, of course, a lot of things get labelled at him with the big price tag. I’m still convinced he’ll be a big asset to us. He’s learning, and like everyone who comes to the Premier League, he’s finding it’s not easy.”
Statistically, it’s hard to argue that Carroll wasn’t the much more impressive player on the day. After coming on in the 58th, not only was the number 7 able to add an assist, but his involvement all-around was much more.
Additionally, Carroll was able to come on and get fouled twice to Joelinton’s once, was able to make one key pass to the Brazillian’s nought, was dispossessed no times to Joelinton’s two and also had two less unsuccessful touches (all per WhoScored). While many of these stats are nuanced and don’t seem groundbreaking, the experience and intelligence of the 30-year-old was there for all to see as he was much more effective at bringing others into play and winning fouls in good areas of the pitch.
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When Newcastle are playing such a defensive based formation in 5-4-1, the importance of keeping possession and winning fouls is enormous as it isn’t always the forward who takes the most amount of shots. Due to the isolation of the forward position within this system, it tends to be other players who find themselves in positions to shoot more – Jonjo Shelvey, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin all average more than Joelinton – so winning fouls and making key passes is massively important for that role.
Bearing that in mind then Bruce is not wrong to say that Joelinton could learn a lot from Carroll. The local lad knows what it takes to play for the club, to play in the Premier League, so Joelinton should be doing all he can to soak it in.
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