Paul Robinson suggests that Joelinton’s goal against Rochdale will have the Newcastle United dressing room buzzing.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper says that he also saw a difference in the Magpies’ squad when Miguel Almiron broke his duck earlier in the season.
Joelinton scored his second goal in 24 appearances on Tuesday in the 4-1 win over Rochdale, having failed to find the back of the net since the end of August.
Robinson says the Newcastle squad have clearly been behind their teammate during his barren run and suggests this development could have a big impact for the Magpies.
Robinson told Football Insider: “I think it will be like the Almiron one, there was a weight lifted off his shoulders when he got his goal as well.
“When he got his goal, he’s looked a different player and the team as a whole did for a couple of weeks. I think they’ve rallied round Joelinton so it could be a real boost for them, it breeds togetherness around the squad, of course it does.”
Joelinton’s only Premier League goal to date came in the 1-0 win away at Tottenham at the start of the season, meaning his late strike against Rochdale was also his first in front of the St James’ Park faithful.
Almiron scored his first goal in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, having played 26 top-flight games before finding the back of the net.
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