What a difference a goal makes.
Before the Rochdale replay, Joelinton was a despondent figure up top. The fans were on his back, and it looked like he couldn’t do anything right.
But that goal in the FA Cup has clearly given him a lift. While he didn’t score, the Brazilian was excellent against Chelsea. He very nearly did, crashing a header off the bar in the first half.
It was his work ethic and desire that really caught the eye though. He was hungry against Chelsea. He battled and scrapped for every ball. There were hints that he could be the target man we need.
While Isaac Hayden stole the headlines, it was Joelinton’s hard work late on that won the corner which led to the goal.
The fans stuck with Joelinton all evening. His efforts were clearly acknowledged by the St James’ Park faithful, who have been frustrated with him in the past.
With no other striker on the bench, Steve Bruce had to stick with Joelinton against Chelsea. But to be honest, would he have taken him off anyway?
Against lesser opposition he might have got more chances, and you’d have backed him to take one.
It seems like that FA Cup goal has given Joelinton a new lease of life, and long may it continue.
Joelinton earns praise from the Toon Army
Thought Joelinton was decent yesterday amazing what a bit confidence can do for you
— Jack (@JackParkinson97) January 19, 2020
Anyone else think the support at SJP for Joelinton today was great! He defended well, won us the corner we scored from! There is definitely a player in there…. #nufc
— chris (@CDJ_45) January 19, 2020
Joelinton was great too, so unlucky not to score but he battled for everything and with no Carroll, he had to.
— Dan Nolan (@Dan_Nolan) January 19, 2020
Joelinton did most things well today.
Got fouled constantly and given nothing from the ref.
Won his headers..chased more than normal.
Unlucky not to score when off the bar at the leazes and 8 yards out and sliced it.
Good luck to the lad..nobody wants him to fail.#NUFC
— ThOmPsOn. (@garfbobt) January 18, 2020
Joelinton did alreet today like. Grafted, won a lot of headers and retained the ball very well, especially since he was a little bit isolated for the majority of the game. Much improved and hopefully he keeps it up #Nufc
— Andy Ebdale (@ebdale4) January 18, 2020
Joelinton was significantly better tonight. Without runners he was battling with the Chelsea defenders and winning his fair share of battles. If he’d got that header under the bar the roof would have come of St James’. #NUFC
— Andrew White (@Andy_White92) January 18, 2020
I thought Joelinton done a job today and had probably his best game for us
— Kris Leighton (@toontong85) January 18, 2020
Criticised joelinton a lot these last few weeks but i personally don’t think he did much wrong today. Held the ball up well in places, won a lot of headers, and was unlucky in hitting the bar. Probably should’ve scored near the end but his overall game was much improved #nufc
— lewis cockburn (@_lewisnufc_) January 18, 2020