After a lot of criticism, Joelinton impressed last time out against West Ham.
The Brazilian led the line brilliantly, bringing others into the game and acting as a focal point. He also set up the opener, sending a header back across goal for Ciaran Clark to find the net.
The only thing that was missing was a goal, but he certainly proved a lot of people wrong with his performance.
Joelinton has just one Newcastle goal so far, and is yet to open his account at St James’ Park. His next chance to get off the mark is against Bournemouth, and Cherries defender Nathan Ake is aware of the threat Joelinton poses.
“So far he has been a threat,” Ake told the Daily Echo.
“He is very dangerous, tall and strong. It will be a challenge but we will prepare for that.”
West Ham’s defence was woeful last week, but Joelinton still deserves credit for his performance. Against Ake, he’ll face a much tougher opponent. The Dutch international is a top defender, helping Bournemouth keep three clean sheets in a row.
While goals are eluding him, Joelinton is clearly making an impression on his opponents if he’s getting singled out. Ake could easily have looked at someone like Allan Saint-Maximin who ran West Ham ragged last week.
With a bit of luck, Joelinton will show Ake that he was right to be worried and lead Newcastle to another win. With a bit more luck, he’ll even get on the scoresheet.