Former Newcastle captain Alan Shearer should return to St James’ Park to help get the best out of misfiring striker Joelinton, according to club legend Malcolm Macdonald.

Joelinton, 23, is the most expensive signing in the Magpies’ history, having sealed a £40m move from Hoffenheim back in the summer.

But the Brazilian has failed to justify such a hefty price tag on Tyneside, scoring just three goals in 29 appearances for Steve Bruce’s side this season.

And Macdonald, who scored 138 goals in 257 appearances for Newcastle, believes he or Geordie icon Shearer should be brought in to help Joelinton find his shooting boots.

Joelinton has struggled to justify his £40m price tag so far

When asked by the Mirror if he thinks Joelinton will ever make it as Newcastle’s No.9, ‘Supermac’ replied: “No.

“There was something very ­telling a few weeks back when Steve Bruce said that ­Joelinton had admitted he’s not bothered about scoring goals. If you’ve got a centre-forward who’s not bothered about scoring, you’ve got a dud.

“You have to be hungry all the time and be prepared to argue with all and sundry.

And Magpies legend Macdonald thinks Shearer should be brought in to help the Brazilian find his shooting boots

“But what Newcastle have is a No.9 who’s not bothered about scoring. If so, what’s the point of you being there?

“It makes me wonder, when you’ve got a fella like Alan Shearer – or maybe myself – whether we could go in for a day or two in the week and work with him to try to get the very best out of him and put a bit of fire in his belly.

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“You need that if you’re going to score goals – you have to have a real desire.

“I don’t see that in ­Joelinton at all. Maybe he hasn’t the confidence or self-belief.

“I’ve noticed he has stopped getting into the penalty area at ­crucial times. That tells me he’s lost his appetite.

“It’s maybe he’s ­become afraid to miss. The one thing a goalscorer must never be is afraid to miss.”

Shearer cemented a legacy as one of the greatest players in Newcastle’s history over 10 years at St James’ Park, scoring 206 goals in 405 appearances for the club.