The legendary commentator shared that while there may have only been one flash of brilliance by the Brazilian forward in the 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday in his opinion, in that moment he saw the attacker’s potential.
“There was one flash actually when he threatened to go through the whole defence and he shot straight at the goalkeeper,” said Motson on talkSPORT (14:50, Monday, August 12th).
“I saw in him there, the possibility of the orthodox exciting No.9 that they’ll all hoping he can be.”
Considering Motson has been a football commentator for nearly 50-years, he commented his first football game in December 1969 (Source: BBC Sport), if he believes a player has potential then he is worth taking note off.
After all, Motson has probably seen over hundreds upon hundreds of footballers play in England’s top-flight, so he definitely has an idea what to look for when judging if a new recruit is going to be a flop or a success story.
The Magpies invested heavily in purchasing Joelinton from Hoffenheim in the summer, they agreed a deal worth £40million for him (Source: BBC), and the club and its fans no doubt desperately want him to succeed.
The Magpies lost both Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon over the summer and given they were the top two scorers for the club in the 2018/19 campaign, the fans and the club are desperate to see Joelinton be capable of covering their losses.
The 22-year-old had three shots in his Premier League debut against Arsenal on Sunday, only one of them found the target, but he did look lively as he put himself about the pitch in order to complete 33 passes. (Source: Premier League)
Yet despite him not having the ideal start to life in the Premier League, as it would have been nice for him to score, many Newcastle fans surely love that his failure to find the net hasn’t led to Motson ruling out that he is going to be the real deal for the Magpies.