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Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Magpies legend Rob Lee has given his verdict on all things Newcastle ahead of their trip to Anfield this weekend.
Steve Bruce’s side have taken four points from their first four games of the new campaign and Lee, who racked up 370 appearances in all competitions on Tyneside, says while they have made a decent start to the season, there is one player who has to improve.
Speaking on behalf of GentingBet, Lee said: “(Miguel) Almiron I’ve been really, really disappointed in. I know people rave about the way he runs around, but for me for someone who’s cost us £20m, hasn’t scored a goal, hasn’t had an assist, I think you’ve got to do more than that.
“We need him to do more than that. Joelinton needs some help.”
Lee of course played with some incredible forwards during his time on Tyneside, including Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer, and though he said the jury is still out, he hopes to see more support for the club’s record signing Joelinton.
“He’s shown glimpses of what he can do, but needs some help.
“Is he a target man? He’s big enough and strong enough to do that, but is that his natural game I’m not so sure. Would he play better with somebody else, maybe Andy Carroll? But he’s shown glimpses, against Spurs it was a great finish.
“We’ve lost Rondon and Perez, the majority of our goals last year, so other people have got to help, and we’ve also got to help him get chances.”
Indeed, the Magpies have only registered four assists in total as a squad this season.
The legendary midfielder has also tweeted his support for Bruce in the past, and when it comes to the manager, it’s quite clear where he stands.
“Let’s not have a go at Steve Bruce. He’s a guy that has supported Newcastle a long, long time. I don’t care if he’s managed Sunderland, many players have done it over the years, so what? His team is Newcastle, it always has been.
“All the Newcastle managers over the years that I’ve loved, Keegan and Robson, they’ve always understood the club, the fans, and even Rafael Benitez wasn’t a Geordie but he understood it, and I think Bruce does.
“If fans give him a chance, and he gets the backing of the owner, which is the big problem, I think he’s good for us.”