Darren Bent has been left fuming over the “horrible situation” that Newcastle United striker Joelinton finds himself in thanks to a lack of service at St James’ Park.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Sunderland and England striker says that the Brazilian forward’s teammates are not providing him with the opportunity to hit the back of the net.
Wearing the famous number nine shirt on Tyneside after his record move to the north east, Joelinton has managed to score just one goal in his seven appearances, Newcastle struggling for form in the Premier League.
With the 23-year-old averaging less than a shot on target in his games this season, Bent says that his teammates are to blame for a lack of service and shot down anyone suggesting it was the striker’s fault.
Bent told Football Insider: “Nothing to work with, it’s a horrible situation for him to be in because when you’re a centre forward, you’re not getting any service, people saying: ‘Well you’re not scoring any goals,’ it’s so tough. You can’t win as a striker.
“People will not care, they go: ‘We paid all this money for you, you need to be able to make something happen,’ and it just doesn’t work like that. Unless you’re Messi, every striker needs service. If you’re getting zero or next to zero, what are you expected to do?
“No one at that club is doing him any favours and it’s making him look bad, but he’s not a bad player.”
Joelinton scored 11 times in 36 appearances for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim before his move to England, while he netted 21 goals in 79 games for Rapid Vienna in Austria.
Newcastle’s next outing sees them take on Manchester United at St James’ Park, having been thrashed 5-0 at Leicester City last weekend.
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