During last night’s win over Newport County, ex-Newcastle man Darren Huckerby took aim at one player who didn’t even start against the League Two side – Joelinton.
The Brazilian striker was introduced by Steve Bruce in the 62nd minute, and provided the assist for Jonjo Shelvey’s wonderful late equaliser.
However, Huckerby wrote on Twitter: ‘Let’s face it Joelinton has been a shambles signing!’
The ex-Hoffenheim striker has only netted two Premier League goals since his £40 million move last summer, but bashing him nowadays just isn’t necessary. It’s stating the obvious that he hasn’t delivered the goods, but at 24 years of age, there’s still time for Bruce to reinvent him as a player who can help the side in other aspects.
After all, there must’ve been something about Joelinton, given how much Mike Ashley seems to adore him.
The retail tycoon was willing to spend £23 million of his own money to sign the attacker, after Rafa Benitez expressed concern that the deal would leave little cash for other targets.
The Chronicle quote Ashley as saying: ‘I was so excited to tell Rafa we’ve got another one coming, but when Lee Charnley, our managing director, had the conversation, his view was that he didn’t want to commit to the transfer until he knew what his position was with the club next season.
‘Rafa valued him at £20 million. So that’s what would come out of the club budget. The rest, £23 million – I’ll pay. And he still didn’t sign it off.’
Joelinton himself even admitted that Ashley flew in specifically to meet him on his first day at the club.
The Brazilian said Ashley revealed he was ‘happy to have me here’ as reported by iNews.
At this point, there isn’t much value in saying things similar to Huckerby’s thoughts.
The transfer has happened, Joelinton wasn’t responsible for his lofty price-tag, and we need to build our No.9’s confidence up rather than break it to pieces.
Huckerby is entitled to his opinion, but comments like that will only do more harm than good.