Newcastle United will return from the international break with a match vs. Spurs this weekend. While Jose Mourinho’s side collapsed in the Europa League, they sit 6th on the Premier League table, exactly 20 points ahead of the Magpies.
Steve Bruce & Co. will be facing a tall task as they continue in the relegation battle. Could one of Newcastle’s most criticized players actually help the club secure an upset win just like he did back in 2019?
After losing the first two matches of the 2019-20 season by a combined 4-1 scoreline, Newcastle picked up their first win of the campaign vs. Spurs. On the road in London, Bruce had his squad set up in his usual style to defend deep and try to take advantage on the counter.
Newcastle finished with an absurd 19.8% of possession, but they would be the only club to score on the day. Getting out on the break, Joelinton buried his chance and his first Premier League goal gave the Magpies a stunning result. He was impressive on the day in holdup play, too.
Can this forward rekindle his previous magic vs. Spurs for Newcastle United this weekend?
Since that match, the Brazilian has only scored two more goals. Wearing the club’s #9, he is often the target of frustration from the supporters as his record-breaking fee has seemed like a waste of money.
But, could he rekindle that magic vs. Spurs this weekend when the clubs face off at St. James’ Park? As players continue to work towards full fitness, he’s likely to get a chance either as a starter or as a substitute to help pick up three points for the free-falling Magpies.