During Steve Bruce’s press conference on Friday, he spoke about how he felt Joelinton was improving all the time. Bruce mentioned that he saw more and more each day that the 23-year-old was adapting to the English game.
Joelinton made his 26th Premier League appearance, 25 of which are starts, at the Emirates yesterday. He’s still only managed the one goal he scored at Spurs in August.
After the Arsenal game, Steve Bruce seemed a little frustrated with his striker. This is what he had to say about the Brazilian’s performance.
“Joelinton has got to learn and improve. He has to be in the box more often.
“We have to keep reminding him to get in the box and be more selfish. Strikers are judged on goals.
“He played well, led the line well, but he’s’s got one goal all season in Premier League.”
We thought Joelinton was excellent in the first half. However, like many Magpies, he did not do nearly enough in the second half.
Alan Shearer had mentioned after the Norwich match that Joelinton needs to show more desire to get into the box. He showed a bit of that inclination at Oxford in the FA Cup, but maybe not enough at Arsenal.
One issue is that Newcastle are set up so deep, and Joelinton is often defending in the box. There was one instance to close the first half when Allan Saint-Maximin was on a break but had no runners with him, and the ball ended up going out for a goal kick.
Joelinton had been defending deep and couldn’t get up the pitch in time to provide an option for the Frenchman. The television commentators had blamed the Brazilian for not doing enough to get up the pitch, but he hardly could get up to Allan from so deep.
However, that stigma has stuck to Joelinton for good reason as he just doesn’t show the instincts of a number nine. He works hard for the team but is being asked to do play in a role that he just isn’t suited for at the moment.
A natural goalscorer is never reminded to get into the box and be more selfish. They just instinctually play that way.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Defeat At Arsenal?
- A. Saint-Maximin (66%, 893 )
- Valentino Lazaro (8%, 110 )
- Sean Longstaff (5%, 68 )
- Martin Dubravka (4%, 55 )
- Joelinton (3%, 47 )
- Federico Fernandez (3%, 35 )
- Miguel Almiron (3%, 35 )
- Danny Rose (2%, 27 )
- Nabil Bentaleb (2%, 23 )
- Ciaran Clark (2%, 21 )
- Matt Ritchie (1%, 12 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (1%, 9 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 9 )
- Fabian Schar (1%, 8 )
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