Newcastle United fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon and Toon fans are once again questioning the side’s firepower going forward.

While the likes of Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles and Martin Dubravka put in stoic defensive performances against The Blues, forwards Joelinton and Miguel Almiron had familiarly quiet games.

With just five goals scored in 9 matches, Steve Bruce’s side are now the joint lowest goal scorers in the league with bottom placed Watford.

And while hitting the back of the net has been Newcastle’s problem for a few seasons now, even the small holes left by Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon are becoming a difficult reality.

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It’s been Almiron who has took the brunt of most fan’s criticism over the past few months, most likely due to his still non-existent goals and assists record.

But after yet another miserable performance, it’s now £40m record signing Joelinton who is frustrating sections of the Toon Army.

Although it was rumoured to be a problem before his arrival, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Brazilian is not a classic number nine.

Currently being played as an isolated target man by Bruce, the striker is struggling to perform his duties effectively.

Against Chelsea, the forward once again looked unable to win an aerial duel, and was hopeless at keeping possession with the ball at his feet.

And while stats lovers may tell you he has won the fourth most aerial duels in the league (43), they probably aren’t telling you he’s also lost the most (69).

He’s also the Toon’s most dispossessed player this season, doing so on 15 occasions.

That’s almost twice as many times as any other Toon player with Atsu’s 9 occasions being the second highest in the squad.

And his struggles at Stamford Bridge did not go unnoticed this afternoon, with many fans beginning to lose their patience with the forward.

With Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto waiting in the wings, is it time to give Joelinton a rest?

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Toon fans react to Joelinton vs Stamford Bridge


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