Joelinton made his return to the side in our disappointing defeat at Everton before the break. Eddie Howe was weighing sitting the Brazilian for a third straight match to give his groin some extra rest.
However, it turns out Joelinton didn’t need the extra recovery time as he also played in the midweek friendly in Dubai, bagging himself one of Newcastle’s five goals. Allan Saint-Maximin and Dwight Gayle had braces in the hour-long practice match.
It appears that Joelinton has recovered from his groin problem, and hopefully Saint-Maximin is getting closer to full fitness ahead of Saturday’s clash at Tottenham. A match Newcastle need a result in to avoid a third straight defeat.
Callum Wilson, who is inching his way back to fitness, again spoke to the Footballer’s Football Podcaster. Joelinton’s prominence under Howe has become a popular topic of discussion in recent months.
Wilson spoke about his teammate but touched on a different aspect – how Joeinton is quite the character behind the scenes. Newcastle World has published the following from our reigning Player of the Season about Big Joe:
“When you’re in the club environment day-to-day, everyone is on a different timescale so you’re not actually all in one place at the same time even though you’re in the same building.
“Out here (in Dubai), when you’re all just around the pool, you do see that different side to them and their character.
“Joelinton is definitely somebody who you see him around the place, his English is fairly good but when you get him around an environment where you’re around the pool, having a laugh and a bit of banter… what a guy, what a character.
“It’s made me like him even more as a person and as a player. He’s definitely somebody who has stood out for me since we’ve been out here as a team. I’ve enjoyed his company.”
The pair seem to have an excellent relationship as Joelinton relinquished the number 9 to Wilson before this season. Joelinton has since been transformed into a very effective box-to-box midfielder.
He also seems to be getting a lot more comfortable as his English improves. It was a rough start for our record signing but things are looking very bright for his future under the magnificent Eddie Howe.