Newcastle United legend, Alan Shearer, has delivered a scathing assessment of big-money summer signing, Joelinton.
The Brazilian once again failed to threaten in front of goal for the Magpies. His latest blank means it’s now 25 Premier League games and just one goal for the summer signing.
After arriving from Hoffenheim for a record £40m fee in the summer, much was expected of the big forward.
However, things haven’t gone to plan. Joelinton looks shy of confidence and, crucially, is not getting into positions to score goals.
This was something Shearer picked up on and the Premier League’s record goalscorer didn’t hold back in his comments.
“That first-half chance was a huge opportunity for Joelinton and should be in the back of the net”, Shearer said. (BBC Match of the Day)
But it was more than just the missing of chances which riled Shearer about Joelinton.
“Joelinton takes a throw-in in the first half and then there’s a lack of reaction to get into the box after (the ball goes into play). If you play that way you’re not going to score the goals. When the ball is eventually played into the box, he’s not in there at all. It gets played out to the edge of the box.
“He has no confidence whatsoever and basically never looks like scoring,” Shearer added.
Joelinton should take note – TBR View
If ever there was a man to heed the advice off in Newcastle, especially a striker, then it’s Alan Shearer.
In fairness to Shearer, he’s pretty much spot on in what he is saying. While he also criticised Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, they have at least contributed in other ways.
Joelinton does win a fair share of headers. Indeed, he’s right up there in terms of aerial duels won in the Premier League. However, he’s paid to score goals. That’s what the club signed him for.
It’s excusable to miss the odd chance. But as Shearer points out, the lack of willingness to get into goalscoring positions is the biggest worry.
Steve Bruce will be hoping for a much-improved performance from his big striker in the final months of the campaign.