Newcastle fans were left with their heads in their hands once again as they watched the performance of Joelinton against Leicester City.
That price is now seeming like a big waste of money as Joelinton has been unable to influence matches playing up-front or on the wing, with his latest display drawing significant criticism from fans.
Such remarks are understandable but in the striker’s defence he is not often blessed with goalscoring opportunities. He has averaged 1.5 shots per league game this campaign and Newcastle achieved just 23% possession against Leicester, which was a big part of why he has struggled.
— Graham Charlton (@gcharlton) January 1, 2020
He is been doing what he does best be below average
— Craig (@lambeau2011) January 1, 2020
His so bad
— Calum Nicholls (@CalumNicholls) January 1, 2020
He’s not a striker
— David Stratton (@SlothyVlogs) January 1, 2020
@GeorgeCaulkin lejeune and Joelinton are liability’s today
— Mable Syrup (@LeeABaker) January 1, 2020
Andy Carroll has started in recent games but he is yet to find the net in the Premier League, and that leaves Bruce with a difficult decision to make in terms of who should lead the line.
Some supporters have called for Joelinton to be dropped or sold but the Magpies’ other three strikers have contributed just one goal all season.
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That means Bruce will likely have to rely on his number nine unless he is able to sign a new player this month, which could be possible as Dwight Gayle has been linked with a move away.
That was atrocious first half..Joelinton needs dropped and defence all over the place #NEWLEI
— Ben Proudlock (@ProudlockBen) January 1, 2020
Get rid, don’t care what anyone says. My dog would have scored that
— Alex (@Alex_Brown268) January 1, 2020
In transfer news, it has been reported that Bruce is keen on a player who could replace Joelinton, a man who already has 28 goals this season.