Newcastle United’s record signing Joelinton could have scored a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup against Morecambe but managed to not convert from one-yard out.
The £40million striker, who has endured a tough career so far at Newcastle, managed to score two goals – the same as his entire Premier League tally last season – as Steve Bruce’s side asserted their dominance in a 7-0 victory over League Two opposition.
Jacob Murphy went on a winding run through the Morecambe defence and approached the byline as he sent a cross in towards the No 9.
The chipped, looping cross was falling straight into the path of Joelinton, who was practically standing on the goal line for the easiest tap-in of his career and what would have been his second goal on the night.
However, he decided the let the ball run past him and it ricochets off the post and back past him.
The Morecambe goalkeeper was then able to dive on the ball as Joelinton could only stand there inside the six-yard box wondering why he didn’t try to knock it in.
Newcastle fans took to Twitter after the incredible blunder, as one fan tweeted: ‘Joelinton could’ve had his first hat trick today if he didn’t miss the easiest chance I’ve actually ever seen’
Another fan said: ‘I don’t know what I’m more shocked at. That miss by Joelinton or the fact he scored earlier’.
The striker did make up for his error very shortly after, as he found the top corner from range with a wonderful strike as the Magpies ran riot.
After the resounding victory, manager Steve Bruce revealed that the Brazilian thought the ball was going in, hence why he left it.
When asked on the miss, he replied: ‘He thought it was going in and wanted Jacob to get a goal.’