Andy Carroll claims ex-Newcastle United teammate Joelinton is a ‘brilliant’ player and struggled to be played out of position.
Joelinton, 25, moved to St James’ Park in the summer of 2019. The Magpies paid Rapid Vienna a record fee of £ 40million and big things were expected from the Brazilian. However, he didn’t live up to his billing or price, with just 10 goals in 86 appearances.
The former Hoffenheim ace wasn’t exactly prolific in front of goal in Austria. He scored 21 goals in 79 appearances for the Allianz Stadion side before the Tynesiders called him out.
Joelinton and his teammate Miguel almiron have come under heavy criticism in Newcastle. Club legend Alan Shearer spoke in particular about the duo.
Carroll returned for a second spell with the Northeast Giants in 2019. However, the giant hitman has only made eight starts in two seasons due to a string of insignificant injuries.
He only scored one goal but saw enough Joelinton to suggest why he doesn’t appear at his best in games. And it looks like the ex-Liverpool star is a big fan of South America.
“The way he plays, I think he’s absolutely awesome,” he told Shearer on The Athletic’s. “Pod on the Tyne” Podcast. “I think he probably played out of position as number nine, I don’t think he’s really number nine, he’s probably out of range.
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“You see him in training, he finishes with his left and right feet, he scores with his head. He’s a great finisher.
Joelinton aims high
It is open to debate whether Magpies fans will agree with the free striker. Carroll is now without club after seeing his deal under Steve Bruce.
Despite a disappointing black and white stint, Joelinton has the ambition to play for one of the best English clubs. Back in the summer, the former Sport Recife star laid out his future plans.
“It’s a dream (to play for a club in the top six). Newcastle are a great club, but they are below the rest, ”a Brazilian UOL source said (via Sport Witness).
“I know that to reach this level, I have to work harder and have a better season than what I have done here. I want to play in the Champions League again, but it depends on what I do in Newcastle.
“Things are going very quickly in football. I have to keep working, confident, with a positive thought.
He has yet to score in five league appearances this season. But he was credited with an assist for At Allan Saint Maximin Superb equalizer in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United.
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