Result of Joelinton scan made public after injuring hip at Norwich
Joelinton was always going to be the focus for much attention after arriving on Tyneside in the summer.
Of the 42 Premier League goals scored last season, the remaining squad members only scored 15 of them once you took into account the players who had moved on.
The small matter of a reported £40m club record fee, meant that the 22 year old was under instant pressure once he stepped on the pitch, with minimal effort made to recruit other likely additional goalscorers.
Joelinton did ok in the first half against Arsenal just like most of his teammates, putting a header just wide and a shot low and hard but straight at the keeper.
However, once Steve Bruce made substitutions against the Gunners, the team went to pieces and struggled to provide any service to the new Brazilian striker.
A lot of criticism came the way of both Joelinton and Almiron on Saturday, though it has to be said that they minimal support from the rest of the team.
The big exception was when Hayden’s perfect right wing cross found Joelinton unmarked only seven yards out, the striker somehow putting his header wide.
From there it was all downhill, a hat-trick for free transfer Pukki and a dominant win for the Canaries, whilst Joelinton was forced off in the second half with a hip injury.
The forward was sent for a scan and the result has now been made public.
The Telegraph revealing that it is a rare piece of good news for Steve Bruce, with the striker to be available for Tottenham on Sunday, no lasting damage from Saturday’s painful knock.
You have to feel sorry for Joelinton (as much as you can feel sorry for any highly paid football player…) as he has been thrown into the madness of Newcastle United under Mike Ashley.
When looking at the new signing I think the reaction to his impact so far has been well over the top from some.
Centre-forwards are so reliant on the supply line and support of the other players and for all but the first 45 minutes of his NUFC career so far, it has been pretty non-existent.
Plus, a 22 year old arriving from overseas should always be given at least some time to get bedded in before he is judged, whether he arrives for £4m or £40m. My feeling is that more of a spotlight should be focused on the players who were already at the club before these new players arrived.
Whilst Joelinton wasn’t great at Norwich, the defence and midfield were seriously poor and they have no excuses for how bad it was over the course of the 90 minutes.
The Telegraph report:
‘After a bruising defeat at Norwich City and a fiery team meeting on Sunday in which manager Steve Bruce questioned the intensity of his Newcastle United players, there has been some better news on the injury front with confirmation record signing Joelinton has not suffered a serious injury.
The £40m summer arrival from Hoffenheim limped off with a hip problem at Carrow Road, but the Brazilian will be fit enough to play against Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.
A scan has shown there was no significant damage to the 23-year-old, with Bruce more worried about the harm done to the young striker’s confidence than his hip after he missed an easy header with the score at 0-0 in Norfolk.
With that in mind, Newcastle’s coaching staff are trying to lift Joelinton’s spirits and are wary of seeing him lose confidence in the midst of the team’s early season struggles.’
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