During Eddie Howe’s press conference for Brentford, a journalist brought up Joelinton’s disappointing spell at Newcastle since joining as a record-signing in 2019. Howe immediately ticked off what he saw as the key attributes of the 25-year-old – technical player, very good feet, intelligence, and size.
Howe also expressed his belief Joelinton had a big future at the club as long as his potential could be unlocked. It appears that Howe was not just paying lip service as he handed Joelinton his first start since the defeat against Tottenham.
Joelinton ended up putting in the best performance of his Newcastle career. While it wasn’t quite enough for three points, he looked like a man reborn under this new coaching staff.
The Brazilian also struck the right tone after the match expressing his disappointment about not picking up our first win of the campaign. Joelinton was happy with his performance but also bemoaned not taking a very good chance late in the match.
The key for Joelinton is going to be to follow up this performance with another solid one at Arsenal next weekend. He should be in the starting eleven once again based on this performance.
Whether Eddie Howe can work with the lads before the match is another question. Though Jason Tindall and the rest of the staff will relay Howe’s message during preparation this week.
Tindall was asked about Joelinton’s performance on Saturday and said the following:
“First of all, I think Joelinton’s a fantastic player. Ever since we’ve been here, we’ve seen the quality that he’s got.
“The performance he delivered today was outstanding. His work ethic for the team was exactly what was asked.
“He got a fantastic goal, and hopefully, that’ll give Joe the confidence moving forward because he’s certainly going to be a big player for this football club and this team.”
The big Brazilian has captured our poll as Newcastle’s best player with his Man of the Match display. It wasn’t close as he took 68% of the vote with Allan Saint-Maximin coming in a distant second.