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Pearce worried by lack of Newcastle firepower

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Former England international Stuart Pearce has revealed that he is concerned by United’s lack of firepower this season.

After Saturday’s defeat to at Stamford Bridge, have now scored just five goals in nine games this season, and Pearce is very concerned.

“[Miguel] Almiron’s come in and not scored a goal, I don’t think, yet,” he told talkSPORT [21/10; 06:53]. “Joelinton looks as though I don’t think he’ll be a free-scoring player.

“Andy Carroll on the bench, can he score 15 goals a season – can he stay fit for the season? Too many question marks about goals.”

OPINION

Pearce gets it absolutely spot on, here. haven’t been a free-scoring side for a long, long time, even under Steve Bruce’s messianic predecessor Rafael Benitez. However, the club have spent big money to try and reverse that issue. Almiron was a club record buy in January, but has yet to score, while Joelinton then smashed that record fee this summer but has only bagged once for the Magpies. The there’s Carroll, who hasn’t been a regular scorer of goals for years, nor can he be relied upon to stay fit above all else. There’s still Dwight Gayle, though, who Pearce doesn’t mention. Yes, his scoring record isn’t exceptional, but he is a natural goalscorer and a phenomenal finisher. Perhaps a tactical rethink from Bruce needs to happen, because clearly it isn’t working at the moment. Perhaps pairing with one of Carroll or Joelinton could bring out the best in both of them.

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