The impressive Peter Crouch was an analyst on MOTD 2 for our underwhelming 1-1 draw with Wolves yesterday, and spoke eloquently and insightfully regarding Joelinton and our current lack of quality going forward.
The former England international had this to say:
“I feel a little bit sorry for Joelinton. Those stats are bad reading – one goal and no assists for the front three in all those games. I feel a little bit sorry for him.
“Early on in the game they tried to hit him but look at the support for him. Saint-Maximin and Almiron are supposed to be close but they’re too far away from him. It’s a hopeful ball hit to him and what is he supposed to do with it?
“I have played in that position myself and you need runners, you need support and he didn’t get that in the first half.
“There was an occasion in the second half where he’d made a good run and if Ciaran Clark had made the pass he’d have had space and could have got runners around him but the ball didn’t come. Instead Lascelles hits a 60, 70 yard speculative pass to Yedlin and you can see Joelinton’s frustration building. He’s not happy with where the pass has been played”.
When talking about the counter attack in the first half that ended up with Almiron wasting the pass horribly, Crouch added:
“When they broke 4 v 3 it epitomised it for me. He’s got the pace and Almiron breaks with the ball. If he just drives on it’s a 4 v 3 situation but he picks the wrong pass and that was the problem all day.”
It certainly just seems like everything that can work against Joelinton, is at the moment.
He’s adapting to a new country, culture, language and style of play, while playing for a inept coach who doesn’t know what he wants from his players. Not only that he’s playing out of position in a poor team at an absolute car crash of a club and expected to be the main source of goals to keep us in the premier league.
What could possibly go wrong?