Newcastle United fans were like a pack of hyenas on a winter night, ready to tear Joelinton to shreds for his first-half performance against Manchester United at St James’ Park on Sunday. Joelinton failed to have much of an impact in the opening 45 minutes, with the centre-forward way too isolated to be able to get himself into the game. It does not help the Brazilian that Steve Bruce’s pragmatic team selection and tactics do not allow him to be surrounded by creative players, but still, a £40million striker should be able to create some chances for themselves. Joelinton was very good in the air in the first half, if there was one positive about his performance. According to WhoScored, he won seven aerial duels before the break, which was way more than any other player on the pitch. Axel Tuanzebe struggled to cope with Joelinton at times but the ex-Hoffenheim striker was so isolated, so far away from any other attacking player, that those headers he won resulted in absolutely nothing of use.
NothingButNewcastle has rounded up some of the best tweets below:
— Dee Hayes (@DeeHayes) October 6, 2019
Joelinton and and Almiron have to be up there with the the worst signings for us in recent memory, both may look better in another team but we make them look so ineffective might as well be playing with 9 men. #nufc
— CushdelaCush (@cushdela) October 6, 2019
They wouldn't spend £16m on Rondon coz there's no sell on value.
They're going to lose more than that on Joelinton. Woeful! #NUFC
— JamboMalumbo (@JamboMalumbo) October 6, 2019
— Mitch forster (@mitchforster) October 6, 2019
Weak from Joelinton #NUFC
— Sean (@seaned75) October 6, 2019
Rough this Joelinton, how have we gone from Rondon’s hold up play to his. Around three times the price as well
— Tom (@ToonTomm) October 6, 2019
— DJ Graeme Richardson (@GraemeRchardson) October 6, 2019