One Premier League objective all season, and presently withstanding a run of 22 consecutive top-flight video games and 1,856 minutes without discovering the internet.
Newcastle striker Joelinton’s statistics do not make enjoyable watching for a gamer that cost a club record ₤40 m in the summertime.
Manager Steve Bruce confessed after his side’s 4-0 knocking at Toolbox on Sunday that those at the club “would all like him to have 12 or 15 objectives” by now.
So what does Bruce see in the gamer and why does he continue to lead the line for the Magpies?
A number 9 who plays outside package
The Brazilian was Bruce’s first signing when he changed Rafael Benitez, and the striker was handed the popular number nine t-shirt formerly worn by club legends Jackie Milburn, Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.
But the former Hoffenheim frontman – who scored simply 7 Bundesliga objectives last season – has actually failed to live up to those before him, a winner versus Tottenham back in August being his only English top-flight strike so far.
Although he has actually fared better in the FA Cup with 2 objectives in three games, those came versus lower-league opposition in Rochdale and Oxford.
The main issue Newcastle have with Joelinton is the reality he is a player who has been generated to lead the line, but in fact finds himself doing more work outside the box than in it. Newcastle have scored simply 24 times in the Premier League, with only Crystal Palace netting fewer.
Against Arsenal, he had an overall of 47 touches – the majority of which were on the left, close to the halfway line. Just 3 came inside the Gunners’ penalty location.
‘ A weird stat’
Those numbers surprised Bruce when they were put to him after the game.
” In the opposition box? Really?” he asked. “That seems an unusual stat. We have to find a method of scoring more and certainly Joe of being more self-centered.
” He has actually played a lot of his profession to a side and not played as an out-and-out number 9. He is 22 years of ages, he has a lot to find out and give.”
He did have one great chance versus Toolbox in the very first half, however snapped his shot wide when unmarked from eight backyards out.
Although he had to reach behind him a little for the ball, a striker in type may well have actually tucked it away, and a different outcome might have been on the cards.
Joelinton has just the singular goal from the seven ‘huge chances’ that have actually fallen his way this season. Just Southampton duo Che Adams and Shane Long (one goal in between them) and Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick, who has actually not scored this season, have actually fared worse.
‘ We have to find a way of getting him into package’
A glance at Twitter shows the disappointment from some supporters with Joelinton’s performance against Toolbox, with one “attempting to find out the purpose of Joelinton and struggling to make any case for his inclusion in the side”.
Another said he was “abysmal” and is somebody who “would not suffice in League Two”.
Being generous, his existence in the Newcastle group bears resemblances to the role Olivier Giroud carried out for France in their 2018 World Cup victory.
The Chelsea gamer appeared in all seven games, regardless of not scoring a single objective, with manager Didier Deschamps saying he was “important for our style, we need his supporting play”.
Joelinton dealt with more duels (26) and won more fouls (4) than any other player at Emirates Stadium, which recommends he is not shying away and is up for the battle. However while Giroud brings the similarity Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann into the video game, Joelinton does the same for Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron – who are not quite at the exact same level.
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” I was pleased with his performance again today,” said Bruce. “He does a great deal of unselfish work outside package and we now need to discover a way of getting him in the box for the crosses that Allan put in when he took gamers on.”
However his last line was informing, with Bruce including: “He is a terrific group gamer however centre-forwards are judged on the number of goals you score.”
In that regard, Joelinton has lots of space for improvement.
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