Plenty of Newcastle United fans have responded on Twitter to a video shared by a fan of some of Joelinton’s best bits at Hoffenheim.
With the Brazillian forward being given the famous number 9 jersey, as well as being bought for the club record fee, he hasn’t been able to live up to the hype just yet.
While Newcastle have been doing pretty well in the league so far, Steve Bruce’s 5-4-1 hasn’t been particularly profitable for the forward positions. His side has only scored 17 goals from as many matches – and wingers and strikers have only scored two of those goals.
The Twitter page @NUFCblogcouk tweeted a video of Joelinton’s best bits from his spell in Germany, to which many fans responded claiming at he was being mismanaged by his manager, and would be better off in a less advanced and lonesome role.
Here are some of the replies below…
He looks strong, quick, creative and direct. Based on this you can see why we signed him and why he was valued highly
It seems he’s being used in the completely wrong system and position at #nufc
Would be a great asset if used correctly
— Travis Manning (@Travismanning_) December 15, 2019
Playing against farmers son
— Ryan (@Ryan7Gate) December 15, 2019
Just needs some time to gel, realistically we have a completely new attack, only 4 months in, he’ll come good.
— Dan Nicholson (@dnicholson93) December 16, 2019
I refuse to believe that’s him. That guy can kick a ball.
— Matt (@LeafyDragon_FPL) December 16, 2019
Clearly…, to everyone else apart from NUFC coaching staff
— paco godia (@PacoGodia) December 15, 2019
He’s not a no 9… same as when we signed Jon D Thomason years ago, got played out of position and got hammered for it…
— andy ferguson (@fergiemourinho) December 16, 2019
Considering that he cost £40m, the 23-year-old has not been able to perform to the ability that many of the fans would have hoped.
Where should Joelinton be played?
Behind the striker
In a two man strike force
On the wing
On the weekend, he started on the left-hand flank in replacement of Allan Saint-Maximin in a front three of himself, Andy Carroll and Christian Atsu. With injuries to Almiron, Saint-Maximin and Matt Ritchie they had their arm somewhat twisted to play this formation, but it was safe to say it hardly produced fireworks as they lost 1-0.
It didn’t work for him on the weekend, but it may be a position he is utilised more in throughout the season.
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