Alan Shearer has told Match of the Day 2 that Joelinton’s performance in Newcastle United’s draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday was his best for the club.
The Magpies may have been one of the teams who welcomed the international break. Steve Bruce’s were sliding closer and closer to the bottom three last month.
But they produced one of their most encouraging displays of the campaign on Sunday. They drew 2-2 with Spurs in a game which saw Newcastle have more than enough chances to go on and win.
It was Joelinton who broke the deadlock. He produced a smart finish after finding himself in space inside the Spurs box.
The forward did go on to miss a couple of very good chances for the Magpies. But Shearer insisted that he was very impressed by what he saw from the 24-year-old.
“Very much like a lot of the team, he’s now set a standard,” he told Match of the Day 2. “I thought that was his best game in a black and white shirt today.
“He got in there, he scored his goal, he should have scored another couple of goals. But it was a good all-round performance I thought.”
Newcastle desperately need some of their players to step up in the coming weeks. And Joelinton is most definitely one who has a point to prove.
Remarkably, that was only his fourth league goal in 62 Premier League appearances. And it was his first since late November.
A couple more in the final eight games will hardly make his record look much better. But they could have massive implications for Bruce’s men as they look to keep themselves out of the bottom three.