Date: 26th November 2019 at 11:50am
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Loads of Newcastle United fans have been tearing into Joelinton for his “dire” and “ineffective” performance against Aston Villa on Monday night.

The Brazilian, signed in the summer for a club-record £40million, started at Villa Park for what was his 13th-straight inclusion in Steve Bruce’s opening line-up and remained on the field until the 72nd-minute when replaced by Dwight Gayle.

Bruce was forced into making the change to his sole striker midway through the second-half as we strived for a route back into the game, after goals by Conor Hourihane and Anwar El Ghazi put Dean Smith’s Villans ahead.

No Toon player attempted as many shots on goal as Joelinton despite the switch, with the 23-year-old Brazilian trying his luck on three occasions – the third-most shots in the game outright – but without directing any on target.

His lack of sharpness upfront far outweighed the brief glimpses of skill he demonstrated in Birmingham, where his major contribution to proceedings as we lost 2-0 came via a range of headers in our box.

Joelinton won 63% of his aerial duels on Monday, per WhoScored data, only DeAndre Yedlin won a higher percentage for the men in Black and White.

Along with his three wayward efforts on goal, Joelinton completed 11 of his 15 passes, two of which were key balls, along with completing two dribbles shortly before being taken off.

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Here are some of the messages shared from fans lamenting Joelinton for his performance…

 
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