Having only scored one goal so far since signing for Newcastle United last summer, a lot of supporters previously targeted Joelinton as a real weakness to Steve Bruce’s side – but after his performance in the 4-1 loss at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, they’ve started to lighten the criticism.
Should Joelinton play wide of Andy Carroll?
The Brazilian moved to Tyneside for a club record-breaking £40 million fee, bringing with him Champions League experience and versatility – having played on the left-flank and upfront during his time at Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.
However, you have to cast your mind back to August for his last Premier League goal, coming in a 1-0 away win at Spurs – with the forward struggling to find the net during his debut season so far.
The run without a goal didn’t break in his last outing either, with his side eventually succumbing to a heavy defeat at Man United, but he did show glimpses of true quality – most notably his build up play for Dwight Gayle who blazed a glorious chance early in the game.
As a result, supporters have praised Joelinton for his efforts – here’s what they had to say.
joelinton did his best today, and was our best player first 75, Carroll was obviously being saved for Saturday, muto and Gayle need shipped off to other clubs ASAP
— joe (@Futman11Jr) December 26, 2019
Strange that your pointing out joelinton I thought he was our best player that first half… got nowt second half…
— Dean Dodds (@doddsy1991) December 26, 2019
Joelinton was our best player. He was superb first half.
— Deka Petrie (@DekaD7) December 26, 2019
He was class today, our best player by a distance.
— NUFC Gallowgate (@NUFCgallowgate) December 26, 2019
What do people expect from Joelinton? He played his best game for us for half an hour, held up the ball brilliantly not only for the goal. Later he got isolated up front, but still tried and worked. Can‘t understand fans having a go at him. (1/2)
— Ramon (@swiss_mag) December 26, 2019
Almiron and Joelinton looked like the only players who wanted to be there. Jetro and Schar were very poor.
— jake (@AmbitiousNUFC) December 26, 2019
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