Gary Lineker heaped praise on Joe Willock following last night’s 1-0 win against Sheffield United – but at the expense of £40m flop Joelinton!
Our January loanee netted AGAIN to become the youngest player in Premier League history to score in six consecutive matches.
His tally in black-and-white colours stands at seven in total, which is one more than Joelinton has managed in his two seasons on Tyneside – a brutal stat he laid bare to his 8 million followers after the game!
Here’s what he posted on Twitter, with NUFC fans questioning why the Match of the Day host had to throw Joelinton under the bus:
Here’s what a host of Toon supporters had to say in response:
‘Great achievement from @Joewillock scoring in 6 consecutive Premier League games.’ That’s all that needed to be said.
Did you need to bring Joelinton down with it? No. Should’ve ended at the first sentence.
Fair enough. But remember Joelinton didn’t decide his price. Been decent recently but not a natural goal scorer.
Very low class Gary you’re judgment is usually better than this
That Joelinton dig seems a bit unnecessary. He’s scored in his last three games at SJP. Give him a break!
Didn’t really need to add the Joelinton bit in…expected better from you, Mr. Lineker
Poor form, Joelinton has been decent this season. Not his fault he’s been wasted by Bruce, played out of position and stripped of all confidence.
Didn’t expect to see you putting a professional footballer down Gary. Unnecessary jab at big Joe there
He’s a human to, Gary, yet you’ve just outed a clearly under confident striker to your almost 8million followers. Poor.
Yes, Joelinton played poorly last night, but it is slightly unfair to tar his name to make Willock look better – especially when our club record signing had been showing signs of improvement with goals in each of his last three home games.
The fact Willock has scored more goals than the Brazilian in such a short stint emphasises just how good he has been since his arrival. I questioned the signing at the time, and he has more than made me eat humble pie!
Bringing him back this summer should be our recruitment setup’s number one priority when the season draws to a close this weekend.
Let’s hope he’s back in a black and white shirt next season and linking up well with our £40m Brazilian!