Steve Bruce’s tenure as Newcastle United manager got off to an underwhelming start today as they lost 1-0 to Arsenal.
A goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was enough to see the three points head back down south the Gunners, and the result gives Bruce plenty to think about already with his team.
The biggest signing of the summer for the Magpies was the arrival of Brazilian striker Joelinton, who was given his debut by Bruce today as he looked for his new striker to trouble the Arsenal backline.
While he did record three shots and win an impressive 8 aerial duels (per WhoScored), whether or not the South American could score goals was questioned by the Daily Star in their player ratings, in which the big-money man was awarded a 7/10.
Newcastle fans seemed divided too on the performance of Joelinton, who was reported to have cost the Magpies £40m in July.
With that then, we took a look on Twitter to see just what Newcastle fans had to say about their big-money new signing…
We looked slow and full of mistakes when Arsenal weren’t at their best, joelinton looked off pace, max showed promise but Bruce is out of his depth, long season ahead
— lee davison (@leedavison182) August 11, 2019
Impressed with joelinton today! Won just about everything in the air, held the ball well and was very mobile for size…. maximin will cause problems! Draw would have been fair result don’t feel arsenal deserved the win #nufc #epl
— Rob Haney (@Rob_Haney) August 11, 2019
ASM looks promising. Joelinton not half as good as Rondon. Willems didn’t know what he was doing or whet he was. Was willing to give Bruce the benefit of the doubt but his decisions and players he took off were clueless, made absolutely no sense.
— Jack Ryan (@jackobnufc) August 11, 2019
He’s paid £25m too much for joelinton.
— Steve (@toontoon999) August 11, 2019
I think people have jumped on Joelinton far too quickly. The boy was a bit sloppy yes, but he is a unit and is just 22. Chances will come.
Get behind him.
— Newcastle Blue Star (@NUFCBluestar) August 11, 2019
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Joelinton needs time. Don’t write him off.
— Brandon (@_CampaignOfHate) August 11, 2019
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