Supposed Flop Joelinton Thriving In New Role Thanks To Newcastle Boss Eddie Howe

Written By Jacobs Dunga

The Brazilian since his £40m move from Hoffenheim back in 2019 had failed to leave up to his huge fee until the arrival of the current manager.

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Eddie Howe hasn’t just transformed Newcastle since his November arrival but he has also been able to turnaround the fortunes of their Brazilian import in just his first few months in charge.


The 25 year old Brazilian was signed by Steve Bruce amidst a lot of fanfare but he failed to live up to expectations and scored just six goals before the Englishman was shown the exit by the new owners.

In came Eddie Howe after the completion of the takeover by the Saudi investment fund, an operation that has benefited Joelinton more than any Newcastle player.

The former junior international saw his role changed by Howe from being a striker to a deeper role in central midfield. It is from this position that Joelinton has been turning heads with his consistent performances from where he has also contributed to a few goals.

Howe while talking to the press praised the Brazilian for his work on the pitch and his personality off it.

“He’s an incredible guy,” Howe told talkSPORT. 

“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.” 

Having featured in every single game under the new manager while playing 1,189 out of the 1,260 since Howe’s appointment in November, the coach is convinced he has everything to succeed in the role for the foreseeable future.

“Firstly, his defensive understanding and his tactical understanding of everything we’ve asked him to do has been very, very good,” Howe added, when asked about his positional change.

“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 centre-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.” 


Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has ripped into Tottenham Hotspur for being ‘spursy’ while condemning Arsenal legend Ian Wright for touching the “This is Anfield” sign during a game against the Reds.

The former Republic of Ireland captain who once coached Sunderland FC has asked Wright while he would touch the sign and admitted he never did as it’s only a tradition for English players especially those of Liverpool.

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When asked whether he touched the sign, Keane said: “No, of course not. There’s no point. I think it’s a tradition for the English players, but not for the opposition players.

“I don’t know why you touched it, Wrighty. It’s silly, it’s really childish.

“What benefit did you get out of touching it?”

Asked about Spurs’ defeat to Championship side Middlesborough on Tuesday night, the Irishman didn’t hold back in his criticism of the North London club who will now most likely finish another season without a trophy.

He said: “Spurs, Spursy, how many times do we have to say it? Whatever is in that club’s DNA, there is a weakness there.

“They’re truly pathetic, to be honest with you. I wasn’t surprised. They’ve gone up to Middlesbrough midweek, it’s probably a bit cold, no surprises there.”

He added: “It’s typical Spurs. You can’t trust them.”

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