Despite Newcastle conceding three very preventable goals against Brentford, many fans will be giddy with what they witnessed on the pitch. Eddie Howe’s attacking brand of football was on full display at St. James’ Park.
In just two weeks of preparation, the new management were able to instill a positive mentality into the squad. The immediate results were very encouraging despite a lot of work still needing to be done on the training ground.
One player who looks reborn under Howe is Joelinton. The 25-year-old put in an eye-catching display and is the early leader in our poll as Newcastle’s best player. His stat line for the afternoon was very impressive with 6 aerial duels won, 3 dribbles, 2 key passes, as well as his well-taken goal.
Howe stated on Friday that he saw the Brazilian as a big part of the future. He ticked off the reasons he thought he could get the best out of the club’s record signing saying:
“I think he can be a huge player for us from what I’ve seen in the training so far; technical player, very good feet, intelligent. Obviously, the size that he is helps from certain perspectives.
“I think he’s got real talent, a real ability. Unlocking that and making sure we can all see that and playing him in the right positions – these are all things I have to make assessments on.
“Certainly, he’s going to have a big part in our future here.”
Joelinton spoke to nufc.co.uk after the game. His comments were very telling as he seems to be focused on continuing to improve. He didn’t spend too much time talking about his goal but rather the missed chance late in the game that may have cost Newcastle two points.
Here is some of what the forward said after yesterday’s 3-3 draw:
“I thought we played well. We have to try and look at what we did well but also what we didn’t. We stuck together, scored three goals, and were unlucky not to get the win.
“It does feel like two points dropped. I had a great chance at the end which I should have scored. We are disappointed but we have to see what we did well, keep working hard and now focus on the next game.
“We started very well, scoring the first goal but we conceded too quickly. We fought ourselves back into the game, showing great spirit and passion to play football.
“It felt really good to score. How I trained in the week seemed to show on the pitch and I’m pleased to score my first goal of the season. I will keep working hard and make sure I continue to help the team in the upcoming games.
“Eddie has brought in new ideas and a new style of play. The last ten days with him have been very good, both for myself and the team. We have worked hard and we must continue that, sticking together and keep fighting.
“We stayed positive during the game and continued our way of pressing and how we wanted to score a goal.
“I thought I should’ve scored my chance at the end and I’m sure we would have got the three points but now I must keep working and make sure I can help the team again next Saturday.”
This is an honest and mature assessment of his performance. Early indications are there could be a lot more to come from the big man. He needs to continue to work hard in training and hopefully, this display can be the new standard.