‘Superb’ – Graeme Souness in awe of Newcastle outfield player in win against Tottenham

Graeme Souness was awestruck by Joelinton’s first Newcastle United goal when he found the back of the net in the 1-0 win against Tottenham in North London on Sunday afternoon.

Joelinton, 22, became Newcastle’s club-record signing in the summer when he arrived from Hoffenheim for £40million but there were widespread concerns about him last week as he squandered a golden chance in the defeat to Norwich.

However those who doubted the Brazilian striker will surely be re-thinking their initial verdict after that goal against Spurs in the first half.

Ex-Newcastle manager Souness was particularly pleased with Christan Atsu’s assist for the goal and the finish itself.

“There’s a lot to like about it,” said Souness at half-time on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday [05:22pm].

“Atsu’s little dink and Joelinton’s first touch and strike were superb.”

“From Newcastle’s point of view it’s a lovely first touch and all he’s concentrating on there is getting a good strike on goal.”

OPINION

It was great to finally see Joelinton open his account for Newcastle, especially as it was away at Tottenham in a game that no one was really expecting him to do much. Atsu’s impact off the bench was the best part about it as Allan Saint-Maximin did not look at all at the races before he was substituted off with an injury. Atsu took just minutes to play a lovely ball into Joelinton and it was such a cool, composed finish by the £40million striker, and that bodes well for the rest of the season with him spearheading Steve Bruce’s attack. Hopefully Joelinton can build on this goal now and start taking chances – like that one at Norwich last week – against other sides. It’s all well and good to have good hold-up and link play with your team-mates but Joelinton is there to stick the ball in the back of the net and that’s what he needs to do regularly.

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