Joelinton was very impressed with Sandro Tonali’s Premier League debut for Newcastle United with the Italian netting his first goal on his debut.
Many people had expected this one to be a tight affair given how much Unai Emery has improved Aston Villa since he took the helm, added to the fact that the two sides played out a 3-3 draw just last month in the Premier League Summer Series suggesting that the two sides were evenly matched.
It turns out they were anything but as Newcastle put Aston Villa to the sword. A debut goal after just six minutes from Sandro Tonali got the Magpies off the mark, only to be pegged back five minutes later with another goal-scoring debutant in Moussa Diaby for Villa. Two goals from Alexander Isak either side of the break saw Newcastle pull away before Eddie Howe‘s substitutes combined to round off the game. First Harvey Barnes played in Callum Wilson to rifle the ball home, then Jacob Murphy threaded a pass through the defence for Barnes to run on and find the net himself.
Sandro Tonali had the dream Newcastle United debut
There wasn’t a poor performance amongst the lads in black and white, but one man did manage to stand out above the rest and that was the £55million Italian Sandro Tonali. His goal was really just the cherry on top of the delicious cake that was his performance.
Tonali showed everything in one game that Eddie Howe looks for in his midfield. Tenacity, determination, drive, creativity and more. He barely put a foot wrong all evening.
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It seems he was also quite happy with his debut taking to Instagram to say: “Could not have asked for a better start in my new home. Such an incredible emotion to score on my Premier League debut at St. James Park.
Thanks to all the amazing fans! Up the Toon”
Joelinton’s sentiments were echoed around the region last night
It was Tonali’s midfield partner Joelinton who summed up Newcastle fans’ feelings perfectly in the comments saying: “Eres un crack fratte” which loosely translates as “You’re a genius brother”.
I don’t think Joey will get many arguments from Newcastle fans on that statement after what they witnessed yesterday. Premier League debut’s don’t come much better than that, and Tonali backed up Callum Wilson’s earlier words from the Footballer’s Football Podcast where he described Tonali as ‘quality‘.
Hopefully that win will give the lads all the confidence they need going into the massive test on Saturday night as the lads travel to the Etihad to take on treble-winning Manchester City.