After six months, 26 games, 2,130 minutes and 39 shots, Joelinton finally ended his barren run in the Premier League with a goal in Newcastle’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United.
The Brazilian has had a tough time since joining the Magpies last summer for a club record £40m. Before Sunday, he had scored just once – against Tottenham in the third match of the season – and has been widely criticised for his decision-making in front of goal.
When he missed a golden chance in the first half against Sheffield United it seemed like it would be another bad day at the office, but his perseverance paid off when he turned home Miguel Almiron’s cross in the 78th minute.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said: “He probably suffered more in the lockdown, he had no family over and he was stuck in an apartment somewhere.
“It’s been difficult, but I’m delighted for him because he’s a really good pro and he can only get better.”
Team-mate Allan Saint-Maximin added: “I am really happy for him – he works really hard to score. A striker has difficult times, but I hope he can score again now