Darren Bent has heralded the “patient” performance of Newcastle United striker Joelinton after scoring the match-winning goal against Tottenham on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England striker says it was not an easy game for the Brazilian hitman, who was left cutting an isolated figure up front for much of the game in north London.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men finished the match with 80 per cent of the possession but it was Joelinton’s low strike which secured victory for the Magpies.
Bent says that the former Hoffenheim hitman did exactly what he needed to in leading the line and that the team’s performance might make other Premier League rivals stand up and take notice after a slow start to the campaign.
Bent told Football Insider: “It was what it had to be, it was tough for him at times but he did what he needed to do. When you play that role, that’s what you need to do. There might be long periods you’ll be out of the game and you’ve got to stay patient.
“Given the way they played, that will make other teams realise they can play and that they’re a force to be reckoned with. That might free him up against other teams.
“They’re not going to have to play this way every single week because they’re not going to play Spurs every single week. There are going to be games where they’re going to have to take the game to the other team.
“For Newcastle fans, what a result, what a good performance and what a great result for Steve Bruce.
Joelinton has started every one of the Magpies’ matches so far this season, although he was a doubt for the Spurs game due to an injury suffered against Norwich.
Steve Bruce has already confirmed that the 23-year-old is a doubt for Wednesday night’s clash against Leicester City, having picked up a slight problem late on against Tottenham.
In other Newcastle United news, Bent has ripped into one Magpies star who is turning the supporters against Bruce.