If Newcastle United forward Joelinton is going to improve on his six Premier League goals from 73 appearances (Transfermarkt), then the Brazilian is going to have to show a greater appetite and desire to score goals.
The club-record £40m signing (BBC Sport) started Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford in the absence of Callum Wilson.
The 25-year-old striker is going to get further chances after it was reported by The Athletic that Newcastle’s number nine could be out until after the October international break.
How did Joelinton fare at Old Trafford?
The former Hoffenheim striker had more shots (3) than any other Newcastle player at Old Trafford, but only one of his efforts hit the target (WhoScored).
In the first half, the Brazilian managed to get away from Raphael Varane, but after getting into the Newcastle penalty area, he dragged his shot well wide.
In the second half, Joelinton linked up well with Matt Ritchie down the left-hand side and forced David de Gea to parry his shot over the bar.
In that instance, the Newcastle number seven showed a willingness to get in a dangerous position, but he needs to do that more.
Nowhere to be seen
There were moments when Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin caused United problems with their pacey, direct dribbling, but when they delivered inviting crosses Joelinton wasn’t busting a gut to get on the end of them.
In Almiron, Saint-Maximin and summer signing Joe Willock, Newcastle can create chances, but the problem is if Wilson isn’t on the end of them, it’s very difficult to see where the goals will come from for the Magpies.
Joelinton doesn’t have the desire or killer instinct to score goals like Wilson does and there were times where he was occupying a deeper role or on the left to fulfil his defensive duties against United.
But Joelinton will need to show a greater hunger for goals in the coming games to fill the Wilson void.
Joelinton had the opportunity to witness first hand the rewards Cristiano Ronaldo gets with his explosive, clever movement in the six-yard box.
It’s that thirst for goals that Joelinton needs to add to his game.