Newcastle United were expecting magic from Joelinton during his first season at the club, but it’s not quite gone to plans for the Brazilian forward so far during this debut year in English football.
The Magpies forked out a mammoth £40million (BBC) to bring him to St James’ Park from German club Hoffenheim and he arrived to try boost them in the final third.
His return of just three goals in 33 games across all competition tells its own story, especially when it’s just one goal in 28 league appearances.
But some of the criticism aimed towards him has to be put into context, starting with the fact that he plays in a Steve Bruce side that are much stronger in defence and often try hit teams on the counter attack.
The 23-year-old striker has been left isolated in so many games this campaign and it looks a frustrating task.
It also turns out that Joelinton is fighting a handicap, as he’s joint-third highest in the Premier League this season for the most amount of times subbed off (official website).
The Newcastle attacker ranks third alongside Leicester City’s Harvey Barnes with 16 withdrawals from the pitch in the league, with Leicester’s Ayoze Perez (18) and Bournemouth’s Harry Wilson (17) the only pair to have more.
That means that Newcastle’s club record signing has been substituted off the field in the league more times this season than he’s been left on, which in itself is a bizarre static.
Bruce’s team don’t have anybody in their squad knocking down the door in attack and they need to stick with their big signing.
Joelinton may be enduring a tough first season, but he’s shown he’s got the work-rate for the team and a physical presence in attack that is useful going into the final stages of games.