Danny Mills says that Newcastle United striker Joelinton has “all the attributes” to be a quality Premier League striker and that he just needs to show a cool head in front of goal this season.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England full-back insists the Brazilian forward is physically capable of causing a threat to top-flight defenders this season and that it is his composure where he will be judged.
The 23-year-old joined the Magpies from Hoffenheim over the summer and has scored one in his opening five games, hitting the winning goal against Tottenham away from home.
Mills says that with chances in front of goal likely to be at a premium for the South American star, he needs to show he can show the attacking instinct and that he can be clinical when an opportunity to score arises.
Mills told Football Insider: “Physically, he’s got all the attributes in terms of physicality and all those type of things. He’s just got to make sure he’s getting into the right positions and has a cool head under pressure to take those chances.
“He’s not going to be afforded as many chances as Sergio Aguero, as Raheem Sterling, as Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, as Harry Kane. Sometimes it’s even harder for those centre forwards because the chances are fewer and further between.
“He needs to get that balance of being relaxed and when he gets that opportunity, put the ball in the back of the net.”
Joelinton arrived at St James’ Park after netting 11 goals in 35 appearances for Hoffenheim last season, demonstrating he can set up teammates with a further nine assists across all competitions.
Having been beaten by Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday, the Brazilian and his teammates will be looking to bounce back against Brighton when the Seagulls visit Tyneside.
In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent told Football Insider he was pointing the finger of blame at one Magpies star during their defeat to Liverpool.