A really surprising stat has emerged from the excellent Twitter account ‘The Other 14‘ this week
As it turns out, Joelinton is actually our chief creator!
The site, which specialises in stats and info on teams outside the Premier League’s ‘big 6’, reveals how the misfiring Brazilian striker is actually the Newcastle player who’s created the most chances from open play for us this season.
Have a look for yourself below:
I don’t think many Newcastle fans would have guessed Joelinton if you had asked them that question.
The Brazilian looks quite accomplished with some of his hold up play, but too often gets no support and offers no threat in the box. Maybe this list is an indicator of how deep he is playing?
There sure were encouraging signs against West Ham and Bournemouth that the front 3 were starting to gel, and Joelinton was excellent in both, even assisting Ciaran Clark’s opener in London.
Sadly Monday’s insipid and pathetic display has brought us back down to earth with an almighty bump, and many fans are calling for a change in personnel for the Manchester City game.
It’s interesting to see Jack Grealish topping that list, I actually wouldn’t be surprised if he created half those chances against us!