Joelinton finding his groove after tough start at Newcastle, says Bruce

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace v Newcastle United - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - November 27, 2020 Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce after the match with his players Pool via REUTERS/Daniel Leal-Olivas

(Reuters) - Newcastle United forward Joelinton has struggled to deal with the weight of expectations following his move to St James’ Park, but his goal in Friday’s 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace could be a watershed moment, manager Steve Bruce has said.

Joelinton, who arrived at Newcastle for a club record 40 million pounds from Hoffenheim in July 2019, has failed to justify his price tag, scoring just seven goals in 56 games in all competitions.

But the 24-year-old Brazilian showed glimpses of his best against Palace, setting up Callum Wilson for Newcastle’s opener before his deflected shot sealed the victory.

“Sometimes you need time - it doesn’t matter about the price tag,” Bruce said. “In Joe’s case, the price tag meant he struggled at times.

“But the kid wants to do well. He had a lot of opportunities but we are starting to see him now with his strength.”

“There is no disputing that Joelinton has found it difficult. But I’ve said many times that some take a little more time than others. We’re delighted he’s scored a goal.”

Newcastle’s win lifted them to 10th in the table on 14 points from 10 games.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard