He named Almiron in his ‘worst XI of the Premier League so far’ just a few weeks ago and regularly slated the Paraguayan, but 3 goals in his last 6 games and an outstanding display in our 1-1 draw at Wolves has helped prove Mills wrong once again.
Now, Joelinton is getting a bashing off the pundit, who claims Newcastle fans should ‘write him off’.
Here’s what Mills has had to say during his latest chat with Football Insider:
“No it’s not harsh – you can write him off.
“There has to be a point where you look at it and think, is it down to performances? Is he doing all the right things? Is he doing what the manager wants?
“Patrick Bamford at Leeds is still working very hard, and he’s still missing chances from time to time, is Joelinton doing the same sort of thing for Newcastle? I’m not convinced that he is.
“I think…the only problem for Newcastle is they don’t really have a replacement, that’s the issue isn’t it.
“Whoever spent that large amount of money, has some serious questions to answer.”
Joelinton has struggled badly, not only struggling to lead the line on his own up top but scoring just once so far, but it’s pathetic to say we should write him off.
After all, where would we have been with Miguel Almiron if we’d done this with him after he failed to score in any of his first 23 games?
It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon and slate a struggling player, but, after the confidence shattering abuse he’s received in recent weeks, it’s surely our duty to get behind the Brazilian – even if he’s failing to deliver the goods up top.