Joelinton can’t catch a break.
The striker was restored to the starting XI after coming off the bench against Sheffield United, but failed to justify his selection.
You could see the logic in Steve Bruce starting Joelinton again – it was too much to ask Andy Carroll to play two games in such a short space of time. But the Brazilian was unable to prove that he never should have been dropped. If anything, Carroll was the one who proved that when he came off the bench.
Yet again, Joelinton failed to even come close to scoring. He’s not even getting chances to score. That’s a massive worry for a striker, especially one that cost £40 million.
Considering the lack of funds spent on players in years gone by, it’s hard to believe the one time we spend mega money on a player we end up with a striker who can’t score for love nor money.
Joelinton is under huge pressure. He’s the club’s most expensive player ever, wearing the famous number nine shirt – it’s certainly weighing heavy on his shoulders.
A lot of fans have turned on him, with groans from every portion of the ground every time he fails to find a teammate or win a header.
The fitter Andy Carroll is the better for Bruce, as Joelinton is not up to the standard required.
Joelinton is not a popular boy
I’d advise people to write this season off for joelinton and start judging him next season that’s what I’m doing #nufc
— Jordan Morris (@JordNufcmorris) December 8, 2019
40 million for Joelinton! 40!!!! Staggering. Whoever’s scouted him should be sacked and heavily investigated for fraud of some description. #NUFC
— Michael E (@Mick281) December 8, 2019
Been watching Newcastle since 1986 joelinton is the worst player I’ve ever seen proper dog shite #NEWSOU
— philip simm (@philip_simm) December 8, 2019
Joelinton by far the worst striker i’ve ever seen makes rivière look like ronaldo
— Liam Coates (@liamcoates_) December 8, 2019
I just hope Bruce doesn’t play Joelinton for a long time. One goal in 16 PL games is a shocking return for a £40m player I’ve tried to defend him but whoever sanctioned this move should be arrears & charged with fraud & deception #NUFC
— john_NUFC42 (@john_nufc42) December 8, 2019
Near halfway into the season. Tried again and again to back up Joelinton but the lad is clearly not a fit for this league. Hope he can manage to turn it round and prove me wrong, still a young player with clear talent at times but this isnt the right league or tactics for him.
— Patrick Carey (@PxtrickCxrey) December 8, 2019