Continuing our end of the season coverage, our staff is bringing you all another end of the season award with the spiciest takes out there. This time we shift our focus to our most disappointing player of the season, which features not as much variety as our player of the season
Bryan Nelson - Joelinton
This was an easy pick for me. Joelinton came into the season with high expectations by virtue of his very high price tag. You expect someone like that to come in during the summer transfer window and expect impact. Joelinton never got started. I understand that sometimes it takes players some time to adjust, but a whole season on his price tag meant it should have taken a matter of two months, maybe three to get settled. I think he’s in the wrong position, but for what he came here to do, he disappointed.
Zack Pensak - Joelinton
I would love to provide an alternative to the obvious choice, but when being truthful there is no other option. The club’s record signing who came in last summer from Hoffenheim, the Brazilian’s putrid two goal total in 29 Premier League matches was doubled by Dwight Gayle, despite Joelinton playing twenty more matches than his English teammate. Although the severity of shouts and ridicule from supporters was at times shameful, the accusations of a lack of spatial awareness, finishing ineptitudes, and squandering of clear chances was obvious for all to see. With 40 million pounds already spent, we pray that improvements are seen in the 23-year-old’s game next season.
Graeme Bell - Fabian Schär
Most will go with Joelinton on this but I’m going for Fabian Schär. He’s dropped off massively and his performances after the restart were nothing short of pathetic, didn’t look interested at all. I hope he comes back stronger next season as we’ve all seen just how good he can be. This season has been bitterly disappointing, he looks the shadow of the player he was last season. Huge improvement needed from him if he’s going to warrant starting games regularly next season.
Andy Hayes - Joelinton
Joelinton stands out in a particularly crowded field of disappointing players this season. Apparently he’s only the third outfield player to play in all 38 Premier League games in our history. In Premier League history, 19 NUFC defenders have equalled or bettered the total of 2 league goals he managed over those games. He has equalled Andreas Andersson and Daniel Cordone and fallen short of Jon Dahl Tomasson. That says it all. Actually, no it doesn’t. I struggle to see a redeeming quality in the lad. ‘Wait until he’s played in a different position, wait until there aren’t fans on his back, wait until there’s less pressure...’ The list of excuses is longer than the wait for the takeover. There is nothing in his performances so far to suggest to me that he is a Premier League player (in any position or formation). Worst signing in NUFC history.
Elijah - DeAndre Yedlin
I’m sure everyone else said Joelinton, but I honestly did not have the highest expectations for a young player coming to play in the Premier League.
Yedlin on the other hand, was coming off a solid campaign under Rafa Benitez. Last season both he an Manquillo made large strides last season at right back that actually caused a friendly competition between the two for the starting right back role. There were still some major errors in Yedlin’s game but as the season went on last year he showed signs of improvement.
Going into 2019, I thought he was going to continue making strides forward and cement himself as a Premier League quality right back.
Boy was I wrong! Yedlin started his campaign picking up a needless red card, and it all went downhill from there. His defending has gotten worse, he is not an option going forward, and his overall attitude has been poor.
He is a shell of himself and has unfortunately regressed to the player that Tottenham bought from the sounders. He clearly does not want to be at Newcastle and is on his way out for sure. As an American its sad to see one of your favorite players regress so much, all I can do is wish him the best in his future endeavors.
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