Should Toon Striker Play In Defence?

Last updated : 04 December 2019 By Footy Mad - Editor

Joelinton arguably showcased one of his best performances of the season against City, and a latest aerial duel stat regarding the forward has him up there with the best.

But most of his headed duels have been in midfield.

According to Twitter account Toon Updates, the Brazilian striker has won 76 aerial battles this season, the most at the club so far this campaign – meanwhile, second-placed Jamaal Lascelles is only on 24, pretty remarkable considering the long periods of pressure sustained by the Magpies back line.

In the Premier League as a whole, Joelinton is only second to Sebastien Haller – with West Ham United’s target man currently on 90 won duels.

The 23-year-old has scored just once for the Magpies this campaign; meanwhile, fellow star signings Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron have yet to open their account.

Would he be a better performer in defence, because he certainly doesn't know how to hit the back of the net.