Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to react after watching Joelinton take part in a bizarre first-half moment.
Jacob Murphy had embarked on an excellent solo run before standing a cross up to the back post, where the ball clipped off the upright and bounced right on the goal-line.
Amazingly, Joelinton just stood and watched, when he could’ve had arguably the easiest goal of his life had he just tapped it in.
Let’s not pile the hate on the Brazilian striker, though. He had a very good game, scoring two goals while earning the WhoScored Man of the Match award for his performance.
In particular, the ex-Hoffenheim striker’s second goal was a contender for strike of the season, as he curled it into the bottom right corner from some distance.
It was a great night for our No.9, but we simply can’t help but be baffled as to why he didn’t tap the ball in.
Steve Bruce himself said that the 24-year-old needs to be ‘a bit more selfish’ following the 7-0 win.
Newcastle’s official Twitter account quote the Magpies boss as saying: ‘He might have to be a bit more selfish. I was delighted when he put one in the top corner & cut in, it was great to see that ability we know he has. We just have to bring it out of him.’
Perhaps Joelinton was being too much of a nice teammate, and was waiting to see if Murphy’s initial effort would cross the line.
However, a striker at this level of the game needs a killer instinct. Nobody, including Murphy, would’ve begrudged him for slamming the ball home.
Let’s see what the Newcastle fans on Twitter have been saying about the bizarre first-half moment…
Can someone explain what he done on the line there
— Jimbob (@JamesMc10048418) September 23, 2020
Was thinking the exact same. Any striker worth his salt would bury that on the line or not
— Sunny Singh (@sunnysinghb82) September 23, 2020
I watched it, it was fairly embarrassing
— Mark Batey (@Nothamsanqua) September 23, 2020
Wonder if he thought he’d be offside if touched it?
— Kev Adamson (@KevAdamson) September 23, 2020
Did he think he was offside?
— Richyy Hetheringtiin (@worrichy) September 23, 2020
Exactly. No killer instinct. Imagine Shearer leading a Solano cross 😂
— Bill (@BillyNeyMates) September 23, 2020