Cape Town - Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles is
backing £40 million striker Joelinton to prove his worth after seeing him
end his 20-game wait for a goal.
The 23-year-old Brazilian has found himself under increasing pressure
in recent weeks after failing to add to his only previous strike, a
Premier League winner at Tottenham on August 25.
However, he finally found the back of the net late in Tuesday night’s
4-1 FA Cup third-round replay victory over League One Rochdale to the
delight of his team-mates.
Lascelles, who was on the sidelines having been substituted following
his return from an 11-game absence with a fractured tibia, says the
reaction of all the players to the goal, shows how popular the player
They are also aware of how good he is and Lascelles is hoping his can
kick on from there and get more goals, now his confidence has been
given a lift.
Joelinton, who headed for Tyneside from Hoffenheim as the club
smashed their transfer record during the summer, has enjoyed the backing
of head coach Steve Bruce throughout a difficult run of games, and that
support extends to the dressing room.
Lascelles said: "That's what probably makes it even harder for us to
see him go weeks and weeks and weeks without scoring. You just want him
"He's a great professional. He's there early and puts in the work at
training, is in the gym and keeps his head down and doesn't moan about
It was a relief too for Lascelles to be back out on the pitch after
having to sit out a frustrating festive period in a treatment room which
became increasingly crowded as the casualties piled up.
However, Lascelles, who was given 56 minutes on his return to action,
does not know yet if he will be involved in Saturday evening’s Premier
League showdown with Chelsea.
He added: "I have to sit down with the doctor and the gaffer because
we do need to be careful with managing players because of all the
injuries. I recover fast, so I’m raring to go."
- TeamTalk Media