Naturally, when a new striker arrives at a club, the existing forwards might panic.
“Will I be stuck on the bench?”
“Am I going to be sold?”
While all the flags signal red for the Brazilian, the ex-Coventry man’s arrival is actually a good thing.
Joelinton Can Focus On His Specialities
Why? Well, it should be apparent by now that Joelinton is not an out-and-out striker, to say the least. He netted just two league goals last term in 38 outings, a tally made all the more worse given his £40 million price tag.
However, that is because the former Sport Recife attacker is more of a ‘false nine’ if you will.
During his final season in the Bundesliga, the 24-year-old – who Mike Ashley “was fixated on” according to The Athletic – netted just seven goals. But, he completed 1.5 key passes per game, and also got stuck in defensively with 1.3 tackles every 90 minutes.
To compare those statistics to Wilson, our new No.9 completed one key pass per league game last term, along with just 0.3 tackles. That is not meant as slander to the Englishman. It is more to prove that Joelinton – like Roberto Firmino – isn’t exactly tunnel-visioned on scoring goals, but prefers to do the dirty work and help create.
So, in that respect, the pair should compliment each other well if Steve Bruce decides to pair them upfront.
We will hopefully see a happier Joelinton who isn’t stressing about scoring goals, now that Wilson – a man with 91 career strikes to date – has been signed to put the ball in the back of the net.