Joelinton insists he wants to be the main man after Newcastle’s 3-2 win over West Ham
After 11 Premier League games, Joelinton still has only that single goal, the winner from the Tottenham away game.
On Saturday though the Brazilian did get his first assist of the season, heading Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick across the box for Ciaran Clark to score the opening goal.
That made it a grand total of one goal and one assist in a combined 29 Premier League appearances for ASM, Almiron and Joelinton this season.
The former Hoffenheim striker though insisting that the understanding between the front three made a major step up at West Ham: ‘It’s better now than it was before (the understanding with ASM and Almiron), with time it has got better and it will get better. We are learning to play with each other and we can be good together.’
Alan Shearer thought (see below) that Joelinton put in a ‘good performance’ against West Ham and his hold up play was far better.
Whilst the striker himself also thinks things are coming together: ‘I knew it would come in time and I think I have played well in other games as well but especially today. I worked hard and I have to keep going now to see if I can keep playing like this. I believe I can play as a striker and I want to show that.’
Last season Joelinton scored seven Bundesliga goals and got five assists operating from a wide position but the 23 year old insists (see below) he wants to be the main man and play through the middle: ‘I want to be the centre-forward. It will take me time but I am learning and I want to keep playing like this.’
The £40m price tag was never going to help but it is simple common sense that if Joelinton doesn’t score at least double figures this season, Newcastle fans will question why Mike Ashley insisted he was a must have striker costing £40m.
Saturday gave hope of a better supply line, here’s hoping it doesn’t prove to be a one-off.
Alan Shearer talking on Match of The Day:
“The concern for Newcastle this season has been a lack of creativity and a lack of link up play between those three at times, Saint-Maximin, Almiron and Joelinton, but not today.
“I thought they got the balance in terms of attacking play absolutely perfect.
“Joelinton hold up play was much better when he got the ball.
“Pleased for Joelinton, put in a good performance.
“West Ham could not cope with them, it should have been out of sight at half-time, they should have had five or six goals.”
Joelinton speaking to The Athletic:
“I want to be the centre-forward…
“It will take me time but I am learning and I want to keep playing like this.
“I am learning a new job up front in a new league.
“I knew it would come in time and I think I have played well in other games as well but especially today.
“I worked hard and I have to keep going now to see if I can keep playing like this.
“I believe I can play as a striker and I want to show that.
“It will come in time. I am learning.
“It’s better now than it was before (the understanding with ASM and Almiron), with time it has got better and it will get better.
“We are learning to play with each other and we can be good together. We need to keep improving.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Saturday 2 November 3pm
Clark 16, Fernandez 22, Shelvey 51
Balbuena 73, Snodgrass 90
(Half-time stats in brackets)
Possession was West Ham 69% (68%) Newcastle 31% (32%)
Total shots were West Ham 17 (5) Newcastle 12 (7)
Shots on target were West Ham 6 (2) Newcastle 9 (6)
Corners were West Ham 7 (5) Newcastle 3 (3)
Crowd: 59,907 (3,000 Newcastle)
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Newcastle team v West Ham:
Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems (Dummett 87), Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 77), Almiron, Joelinton (Carroll 89)
Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Gayle
(Manuel Pellegrini admits he can’t comprehend 3-2 Newcastle United defeat “I do not understand…” – Read HERE)
(West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Watch all 3 brilliant goals here in the official match highlights – Watch HERE)
(West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s win – Read HERE)
(Steve Bruce just couldn’t resist it…He had to mention Rafa Benitez – Read HERE)
(Essential reading to see what Allan Saint-Maximin promised before West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Read HERE)
(Alan Shearer perfectly sums it up after Newcastle win 3-2 at West Ham – Read HERE)
(West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – NUFC could and should have won that by 5 or 6 but we’ll take it! – Read HERE)
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