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Magpie’s Transformation Is A Hot Topic For Eddie Howe

Rarely does a week go by these days where Eddie Howe isn’t asked about the transformation of Joelinton. The 25-year-old has been reborn since Howe joined in November and has found a new home in the Newcastle midfield.

Ciaran’s Clark sending off against Norwich has turned into a strange bit of good fortune. Howe was forced to shift to a 4-3-2 pushing Joelinton inside as part of a three-man midfield. The Brazilian rose to the task.

He’s been exclusively used in the midfield since mid-December becoming Newcastle’s most consistent force over that period. Saturday at Brentford was no different as he bagged a goal and made three Teams of the Week.

Howe spoke to talkSPORT earlier this week and Joelinton’s transformation was again a hot topic. Here’s what the boss said about Newcastle’s new folk hero:

“He’s an incredible guy

“He’s very, very focused on his football, very humble, very hardworking, and a really, really good trainer.

“He’s desperate to succeed and do well for Newcastle, and I can’t speak highly enough of him as a person.

“We have a really good relationship and he’s also a funny guy! He’s got a unique dress sense and he’s got a bit of Brazilian flair. I love him.

“Firstly, his defensive understanding and his tactical understanding of everything we’ve asked him to do has been very, very good.

“I think I said in an interview the other day, if you tell him something once, it sticks. You don’t have to tell him over and over again.

“So, his defensive delivery of the position has been at the highest level.

“And then his technical capabilities, which you can’t really doubt, are very, very high and, of course, with his center-forward background, he has an eye for goal and it showed against Brentford.

“So, he has all the qualities to play in that position and he’s done it very well for us.”

Newcastle’s midfield trio of Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Willock, and Joelinton, dubbed Jonjo-Joe-Jo by some, has been a revelation over our recent unbeaten streak. They’ve kept new signing Bruno Guimaraes out of the starting eleven.

It’s been five matches since Willock joined Shelvey and Joelinton as Newcastle have amassed 13 points over that stretch. We are likely to see the threesome once again on Saturday against Brighton.

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8 comments so far

  • lesh

    Mar 4, 2022 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Where’s everybody gone?


  • simon376

    Mar 4, 2022 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Exactly. I actually know a lass from the Ukraine, been living here about 4 or 5 years now. She is obviously devastated, he brother managed to get across the border, but parents and grand parents still there. When ask how family is, she just says still alive and like a world war out there. At the same time, she is friendly with a couple of Russians over here, and they are all helping each other out. Its not the fault of the person in the street

  • Adamn_92

    Mar 4, 2022 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3


    That sounds awful, fingers crossed all her friends and family manage to say safe! Can’t even imagine what it must be like to be going through it over there, or knowing you have family or friends out there going through it. Just have to hope other people see it that way and don’t turn on the innocent people in this, similar to how the Asian community were receiving abuse when cov1d first came onto the scene.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 4, 2022 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Where’s everybody gone ———- they are all reading the Daily Mail.

    Guardian is good if there is another toilet roll shortage. I managed to get some during the last shortage from a paper supplier. The only bother is that they use a lot of ink and it gets on your arse.
    But it tears into nice squares, use a bradawl to make a hole near a corner then thread a bit of string through it and hang it on a nail hammered into the bog door. Jobs a goodun.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 4, 2022 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Lesh – I don’t even click on the Daily Fail links. They don’t care if you agree with them or disagree with them, they’re not trying to report the news and truth. They just care about hits and clicks, so I don’t give them what they want. They love people like you who disagree with their general politics but still give them the hits they want. Don’t feed the monster.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 4, 2022 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    At my local gym, if I’m in the bar area, I put the Daily Mail in the bin. Haven’t been caught yet…

  • lesh

    Mar 4, 2022 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7


    Check out Tuff’s perceptive contribution to the what to do with the Daily Heil question.

    It’s as one would expect of an avid supporter of such an organ.


  • lesh

    Mar 4, 2022 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8



    You’re a very naughty boy.



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