'He's like a poor Jay-Roy Grot' - Exclusive: Top pundit slaughters Newcastle player
Noel Whelan has slaughtered Joelinton after watching the forward in person for Newcastle United against Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker admitted he was shocked the Magpies had paid £40million last summer after what he saw from the 24-year-old.
The Brazilian forward struggled to have an impact in the Magpies’ 5-2 defeat at Elland Road, with just one off-target shot to his name.
He was also dispossessed more than any other player from either side, although he did win four out of six of his aerial battles.
Despite having seen Joelinton try and impose himself physically up front, Whelan, who was at Elland Road for his broadcasting duties, was stunned with how poor the Newcastle forward performed.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Joelinton, awful, absolutely shocking – £40million? You’re kidding me. He’s like a poor Jay-Roy Grot for Leeds.
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“He’s very one-dimensional, he gave the ball away far too much for his size, he didn’t hold on to the ball well enough and he’s not really a threat going forward. The threat came from Wilson running behind, using that pace on the shoulder of defenders.
“He gets into the number 10 role and doesn’t really do anything with it, he hasn’t got the ability to turn and do those sort of things.
“I really don’t see what it is about him that cost £40million. I would play Andy Carroll before him, I really would, or even Dwight Gale, because he just brings more to the party. Andy Carroll, for me, would have been a much harder task to mark and so would Dwight Gayle with the way he plays, that intelligence.
“I was so pleased that Joelinton was playing because he didn’t bring anything to Newcastle United whatsoever. I just can’t see it, I don’t see the £40million price tag on a player like that, that’s just my opinion. He’s not mobile enough, he doesn’t give you enough options, he doesn’t give you enough goal threat.”