Joelinton has scored just once in 10 appearances since joining the Magpies in a club-record transfer in the summer.
It might make sense to drop Joelinton for a week or two and see if he can find some form once he returns or even in the Under-23s squad. However there is an issue. According to the Telegraph’s report, Andy Carroll is unlikely to recover from a groin strain in time to play against West Ham while Dwight Gayle is still nursing himself back to full fitness. Yoshinori Muto is another option as a striker but the Japan international is an even more underwhelming striker than Joelinton has been. It’s a tough one but Bruce needs to make a decision this week because Joelinton certainly seems as though he could do with some time out of the starting line-up. The Brazilian has started all 10 Premier League matches this term and has not exactly looked impressive in most of them. However Bruce cannot make a decision that will hurt the team’s chances of a win against West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are there for the taking this weekend based on their current form.