Newcastle United striker Joelinton has yet to really hit top form.
According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United coaches are reminding summer signing Joelinton that he needs to score more goals, even if his all-round game has been promising.
After deciding not to sign striker Salomon Rondon permanently, Newcastle chose to splash the cash on Hoffenheim hitman Joelinton.
Not only did Newcastle make the Brazilian their club-record signing, but also made him their highest-earning player eclipsing Jonjo Shelvey, as reported by The Times.
Having hit 11 goals last season, there were reasonable expectations that he find the net in the Premier League, but it’s been a frustrating start for the 23-year-old.
Joelinton has just one goal to his name so far this season, and that was the winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur in August, which left fans wanting more from him.
That hasn’t really happened though, and it’s claimed that Newcastle staff are now reminding that whilst Joelinton’s all-round play has been good, he needs to score more goals.
That sounds simplistic, akin to when Paul Ince’s notebook simply said ‘shoot’ around the penalty area, but this is more of a reminder that he needs to be more selfish at times.
Joelinton has been left isolated too often, but he’s been leading the line well, fighting for aerial duels, holding up play and linking up with teammates when they finally get close to him.
He’s only had three shots on target all season though, and two of those came against Spurs. That means Joelinton is now five games without even having a shot on target, so Newcastle coaches are understandably trying to get him to be a little braver and more selfish in attack.