Steve Bruce makes big Joelinton claim at Newcastle United

Joelinton had his best Newcastle United game yet against Aston Villa.

That’s the view of Steve Bruce ahead of tomorrow night’s relegation six-pointer against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

Joelinton has been starting as a right-sided “split striker” during Callum Wilson’s absence through injury. The £40million signing – who has scored one Premier League goal so far this season – did well outside the box in last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Villa, but was let down by his decision making inside the area.

“I thought Joelinton, arguably, had his best game in a Newcastle shirt,” said head coach Bruce. “I thought he was terrific on the night. But, of course, a striker has to top it off by scoring a goal. He understands that, but his overall performance was very, very good. I thought he led the line very, very well.”

Joelinton is expected to continue up front against Brighton with Wilson still sidelined.

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Joelinton during the Aston Villa game.

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