Alan Shearer has heaped praise on Joelinton for his role in Newcastle’s draw with Tottenham.
It was a great performance from the Magpies, but for a long time it felt like it would end in defeat.
But a late Joe Willock goal salvaged a point, and it was certainly a deserved one.
While Willock will get the plaudits for his second Toon goal since joining, Joelinton deserves a lot of credit for his performance.
Reacting to the game on Twitter, former Newcastle striker Shearer claimed it was the Brazilian’s ‘best game’ since joining the club.
Joelinton receives well-deserved praise from Newcastle legend Shearer
It’s hard to disagree with Shearer.
Joelinton has been frustrating to watch most weeks since arriving last summer, but was wonderful against Tottenham.
He was pivotal in getting a point, scoring himself then playing an important role in the equaliser.
His first half goal was neatly taken, showing great composure to find the bottom corner.
And for the equaliser, he did well to direct a header back into the danger area following Matt Ritchie’s deep cross.
The 24-year-old was a handful all game, and had a couple of good opportunities to bag a second.
Had we not equalised, Joelinton likely would have been criticised for his misses. But Willock’s goal late on rescued a point, and ensured Joelinton got the credit he deserves for a strong performance.
With Allan Saint-Maximin returning and Callum Wilson nearly fit, Joelinton needed to step up to keep his place in the team.
After that performance, dropping him next week against Burnley would be extremely harsh.
In the words of Alan Shearer, that truly was Joelinton’s best game in a black and white shirt.