There’s VERY little coming out of the club right now, with us being met with the usual silence when it comes to season ticket payments (that are STILL being taken!) or a potential Saudi takeover which continues to drag on.
One thing that the club’s official Twitter page (@NUFC) has been doing over the past week is sharing clips of the players back in action at Benton, and today has seen them share a video of Joelinton bagging twice in a training match.
Perhaps an attempt to boost the confidence of our struggling Brazilian – who even admitted in a recent interview that he’d suffered with ‘anxiety’ issues during his goal drought and period of adaptation after moving to England alone as a young man – yet there’s an overwhelming amount of responses to the below video that see fellow supporters continue to mock him:
Here’s a few examples of the pathetic comments that arrived from several fans in response to the above post:
“Don’t expect any more goals this season as he’s just filled his quota”
“The first one he fell and didn’t even mean it… Such a useless waste of £40m”
“Give it up he’s ****”
Great maybe he will end season with more than 1 premier league goal now wouldn’t that be something”
“Offside in both!! Great striker“
“Shame he can only do it in training”
“So he can score???”
“Scoring against a **** keeper and the first goal was offside!”
“You reckon maybe one day he could do this in a real game?”
“Only time he’ll be doing that!”
Sadly, this comment below probably sums it up, questioning whether he’ll benefit from games being played behind closed doors if this is the level of ‘support’ he receives after scoring a few in training:
Has he looked poor so far for a player we paid £40m to sign? Yes. But he needs our support to change that, not to be constantly mocked or reminded of the fact he’s only scored one Premier League goal.
Some get behind him, as they should as ‘supporters’, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he benefits from playing without a crowd.
After all, I began to feel pretty uncomfortable watching grown men scream at him at St James’ Park the moment he did the slightest thing wrong, or jeer him sarcastically if he did something right.
£40m or not, he’s a young man without his family in a new country with BIG pressure on his shoulders.
It’s his duty to produce on the pitch, but it’s also ours as supporters to help him come good and overcome his demons – not create more.