Noel Whelan insisted Sunday’s goal will have “lifted some weight” off Joelinton’s shoulders after Newcastle United made a winning return to the Premier League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United striker claimed the striker’s £40million price tag has not helped him this season.
The Brazilian lead the Magpies attack in an impressive 3-0 victory against Sheffield United at St. James’ Park last weekend.
Joelinton squandered a great opportunity in the first half but made amends when he scored Newcastle’s third with ten minutes to play following goals from Allan Saint-Maximin and Matt Ritchie.
Whelan was hopeful the striker’s first goal at St. James’ Park can act as a catalyst for more.
“It was huge moment,” he told Football Insider.
“I have been a striker many years and I know what it is like when you go through a bit of a drought and his has been a long drought. It will have been particularly tough with a £40million price tag on his head.
“Steve Bruce was just about to make a change before he scored so it came at a good time!
“Everybody wants him to succeed at Newcastle and everybody wants to see the player that they thought they had bought.
“It is hard wearing that number nine shirt at Newcastle but he has got to get to grips with it. His goal return has got to be better.
“A tap in is just what he needed quite frankly. Hopefully he can go on a run now.
“There was a sigh of relief when he put the ball in the back of the net and not just from Joelinton!
“It would have been fantastic for him because that will have lifted some weight off his shoulders.”
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