However, Stelling quickly added that he thought Joelinton had still managed to impress despite his isolation as he suggested he has looked like he might have been a decent signing by the club.
“I feel a little bit sorry for Joelinton so far this season as he is such an isolated figure,” said Stelling on Soccer Saturday (Sky Sports News, August 31st, 14:01).
“However none the less, he looks like he may be a decent buy doesn’t he?”
Given that the Magpies haven’t dominated possession during their matches this season than at times Joelinton has been isolated. Newcastle only saw 20% of the ball during their 1-0 win against Tottenham, as per the BBC, and didn’t win the battle for the ball against Watford as they had 49% of the ball compared to the Hornet’s 51% (Source: BBC). While the 1-1 draw with the Hornets saw the Magpies have more possession than in their previous outing, considering they were the home team, it says a lot that they still technically lose the possession battle. However, Stelling is right to suggest that Joelinton has still found a way to prove himself despite being isolated, and that is a credit to the effort he is putting in. The 23-year-old touched the ball 50 times against the Hornets, made one key pass and even managed to get himself in a shooting position on two occasions (Source: WhoScored). While neither of his efforts hit the target, it doesn’t mean that he didn’t look a handful. Hopefully, Joelinton is giving much better service by his teammates after the international break, as they will certainly help him add to the one goal he has racked up so far.