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.
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).
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?
Toon fans react to Joelinton vs Stamford Bridge
— •Owen Southern• (@OwenSouthern11) October 19, 2019
Said it for a while now but Carroll and Gayle will be our strikers as Joelinton and Almiron are just toothless . #nufc
— MichaelMM (@mickmar29) October 19, 2019
I don’t see any heart and desire in Joelinton, which worries me. I see a complete opposite in Saint-Maximin, who’ll run at defenders constantly and if he loses it, he’ll pick his head up and go again #NUFC
— Callum Irving (@NUFCIrving1010) October 19, 2019
Good performance, I think Joelinton and Almiron are becoming problems at attack, it was very clear that we needed an extra body in midfield towards the end, overall okay but some concerns ⚫️⚪️#nufc
— The Irish Toon⚫️⚪️ (@ToonIrish) October 19, 2019
To be honest joelinton’s been shocking in recent games. Everyone goes on about miggy but joelinton’s been dire like his first touch is all over he’s never in the box he’s struggling to hold it up at times. I do really hope he comes good becuase I like him #nufc
— KING KIE (@kingkie1994) October 19, 2019
Dwight Gayle > Joelinton
It's a sad state of affairs, but it's true. #Nufc
— JamboMalumbo (@JamboMalumbo) October 19, 2019
Theme of this game for us, Saint-Maximin skins 3-4 players passes to Joelinton who miscontrols the ball. Just not good enough from our £40million man. #nufc
— Highland Geordie (@NUFC_Oscar86_) October 19, 2019
Don’t wanna write-off Joelinton this early in his #NUFC career but he doesn’t look like he has an inch of fight in his body. Very worrying
— Joe Buck (@16joebuck) October 19, 2019