Paul Robinson has issued an honest assessment of Joelinton as the Brazilian continues to struggle for the Magpies.
The former England international made his comments after Joelinton once again failed to influence the match against Wolves with just one dribble and zero key passes made.
Robinson made reference to his outing against League One opposition last week, where a pitiful finish from yards out meant that his dry spell continued, and ultimately contributed to Newcastle drawing the match.
However, his problems have been more widespread than that, as the ex-keeper told Football Insider:
“He’s yet to find his feet in the Premier League, he’s struggled.
“He’s missed a number of chances, he’s been very, very wasteful with a lot of chances, including the Rochdale game, and I think he’s really struggling for confidence and it’s hard as a goalscorer.
“If it’s not going right you try a lot harder and that’s when it gets worse for you. He seems to be in a rut and he just needs something to go his way.”
Despite his poor run of form the 23-year-old is seemingly still one of the first names on the team sheet, and has only failed to start one league game under Bruce.
It should be a concerning sign of Bruce’s management, as although players need their manager to show faith in them, Joelinton is clearly letting down his boss time after time.
However, the Newcastle manager appears as though his mindset won’t change, with a belief that Joelinton will only begin to show his true colours by getting on the score sheet once again.
There could be some truth in that, as Miguel Almiron looks a different player now he has broken his goal duck – scoring in back-to-back Premier League games after a fine finish gave Newcastle the lead against Wolves on Saturday.
Joelinton has had his fair share of chances to end his terrible run, though, yet the likeliness of him scoring seem to be diminishing.
As a result, Dwight Gayle and Andy Caroll should feel slightly aggrieved at their comparative lack of game time, and Bruce should perhaps make a decisive step to reduce his dependency on the former Hoffenheim man by adding a new striker this month.
Meanwhile, Lee Ryder has provided an update in regard to an exciting transfer target that interests Newcastle.