Newcastle relied on some unlikely heroes to gain a valuable point against Spurs on Sunday. Steve Bruce handed some forgotten Magpies an opportunity and they definitely grasped their chance.
Matt Ritchie, Jacob Murphy, and Sean Longstaff have played sparingly over the past few months. The trio were surprisingly named in the starting eleven and by the game’s end were some of the standouts.
However, one name and one claim has echoed since the 2-2 draw on Sunday. That is Joelinton and what some are calling his best performance as a Magpie. It started straight after the match when Alan Shearer tweeted the following.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) April 4, 2021
Bruce’s take on his number 9’s performance was along the same lines saying this after the match:
“I am delighted for him because he has had it tough and the one thing about Joe, he doesn’t shy away from it.
“The chance he missed in the second half, he does all the hard part, he controls it and you’re just hoping that he hits the back of the net.
“But the one thing he does, he doesn’t shy away from it, he keeps rolling up his sleeves.
“Yes, we have to improve him on his goals tally, but over a tough period of eight, nine, 10 weeks when we’ve been without Almiron and Allan, he’s done very, very well in certain games and today, arguably, was his best.”
Joelinton put in a Man of the Match display at St. James’ Park. It was possibly only bettered by Harry Kane whose two quick goals following Joelinton’s first-half strike gave the Magpies a second hill to climb.
But the lads regained their composure and resolve to get an unexpected result. Joelinton played a key role in Joe Willock’s equalizer by heading Matt Ritchie’s deep delivery back across the face of goal. Almiron got a slight touch before Willock powered the ball in.
For his exploits, Joelinton has topped our poll as Newcastle’s Man of the Match. He collects 38% of the votes with the two wing-backs, Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy, coming in second and third.