A penny for Joelinton’s thoughts right now.
The Brazilian’s confidence is at an all time low, with his shocking performance against Rochdale turning a lot of Toon fans against him.
The record signing can’t seem to do anything right, and missed some absolute sitters before giving the ball away in the buildup to Rochdale’s equaliser on Saturday.
There were chants and boos aimed towards the number nine, and sadly there’s no sign of things improving any time soon.
Joelinton needs to be taken out of the starting XI or at least pushed out wide, which is why he’ll be ecstatic to see Andy Carroll back in training.
The local hero missed the FA Cup clash due to injury, but is back ahead of this weekend’s trip to Wolves.
If he can prove his fitness, Carroll must start the game. He gives Newcastle a real presence up top, something that Joelinton has struggled to do.
When he moved out wide against Everton, the £40 million man looked a lot more comfortable. Bruce either needs to do that or drop him completely on Saturday in favour of Carroll.
The hate towards Joelinton from fans is pretty toxic and he needs to be taken out of the spotlight. Carroll’s return will allow Bruce to do that.