By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

17th Feb, 2020 | 8:39am

Exclusive: Alex Bruce names the three Newcastle players who've been a big let-down

Alex Bruce has claimed big-money Newcastle United trio Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have been a let-down due to their goal output.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the just-retired footballing son of Steve Bruce claims the lack of cutting edge from the three attackers has been “poor”.

Newcastle drew a blank yesterday as they were thrashed 4-0 by Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, with Joelinton spearheading the attack in alliance with Almiron and Saint-Maximin.

The trio have all been signed in the last year for £15million-plus by the north-east giants, with Almiron and Joelinton the club’s two record signings.

“The one thing you can say about Newcastle is that they’re not scoring goals,” Bruce told Football Insider.

“They’ve paid a lot of money for three players in Saint-Maximin, Joelinton and Almiron – who’s obviously been playing well, Almiron – but the amount of goals those three have put into the team has been poor.

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“If Dwight Gayle can get himself fit, get himself a couple of goals and take the opportunity when he gets it, then it’ll give my dad a nice headache to have.”

Almiron and Joelinton have both started 25 of Newcastle’s 26 Premier League matches this season but they have scored just once and twice in the competition respectively.

Maximin, who hit the post with a superb solo effort against Arsenal, has been barely any more effective in front of goal, with his 13 league starts and two sub appearances yielding just a single strike.

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