Paul Robinson says that Newcastle United striker Joelinton looks to be “really struggling” to cope with the demands of the English game.
The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Brazilian hitman’s confidence looks shot after a dire run of form in front of goal.
Saturday afternoon saw the 23-year-old’s barren run continue against Wolves, Miguel Almiron netting his third goal in black and white in the 1-1 draw at Molineux.
Having seen Joelinton go 19 top-flight games without a goal now, Robinson says he needs to find a way to get out of his slump as things are just getting worse and worse.
“He’s yet to find his feet in the Premier League, he’s struggled,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“He’s missed a number of chances, he’s been very, very wasteful with a lot of chances, including the Rochdale game, and I think he’s really struggling for confidence and it’s hard as a goalscorer.
“If it’s not going right you try a lot harder and that’s when it gets worse for you. He seems to be in a rut and he just needs something to go his way.
“He’s really struggling at the moment.”
Joelinton’s one and only goal for the Magpies came in a 1-0 win away at Tottenham earlier in the season, while he has two assists to add to his list of attacking contributions.
He joined in a big-money move from Hoffenheim in the summer, where he managed to score 11 goals in 36 appearances.
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