‘I didn’t know you were that good’

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SKY SPORTS was criticized when one of their journalists opened their interview with Newcastle star Joelinton by saying: “I didn’t know you were that good.”

Brazil made a man of the match performance for the Magpies in a 1–1 draw at home to Manchester United.

Joelinton was brilliant against Manchester United – and it came as a shock to Sky Sports reporter Patrick Davidson

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Joelinton was brilliant against Manchester United – and it came as a shock to Sky Sports reporter Patrick Davidson

Joelinton is being played in midfield by boss Eddie Howe – he was signed as a striker in 2019 for a club-record fee of £40million.

But that failed to fire up front — and now Howe has seen a different skill-set that’s paying dividends immediately.

Before being handed his man-of-the-match award, Sky Sports reporter Patrick Davidson began the interview: “Joelinton, can I be completely honest? I didn’t know you were so good!”

The 25-year-old, before getting back to himself to answer the questions he had asked, seemed somewhat perplexed by the remarks.

However, Davidson’s comment did not go down well with football fans on social media.

The reporter for Newcastle’s local newspaper tweeted: “This is an embarrassing opening question that comes to mind. Big Joe’s disrespect.”

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Mark Carruthers wrote: “It is a completely uninteresting inquiry.

“Fair game with JoeLinton for showing a little class and not reacting.

“Frightful.”

Joelinton’s teammate Sean Longstaff expressed himself during interviews on the ‘insults’ his teammate has received in recent months.

He said: “We know how good Joelinton is and the disgrace he gets is a disgrace.

“Every day in training he is the best player and if you include him in your team in training you are buzzing because you will always win.

“He has shown ever since the manager came the way he was in training. Everyone at the club judges him very highly.

“The noise outside is so outrageous and if you watch him close enough you see how cool he is. I am so happy for him and proud of him.”

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