Micah Richards has given Joelinton the award for the most improved player in the Premier League this season. The Newcastle man made the switch to midfield in December and hasn’t looked back since.
Speaking on ‘BBC 5 Live Sport‘, during the Monday Night Club, the former defender gave his analysis of the 25-year-old and why he picked him.
“Joelinton because we’d already classed Joelinton as down and out.” Richards stated.
“Definitely him. Centre mid, he has been fantastic!”
Some fans will definitely agree with the pick. Not only is the Toon man the most improved player at Newcastle and the Premier League. But he’s been Newcastle’s best player this term since being moved into the centre of the pitch, and took home the club’s player of the season award.
This could well be just the start, Joelinton can get better
Sadly the Brazilan sustained an injury on the last day of the season against Burnley. He was photographed on crutches in the team photo in the dressing room. But it’s thought the injury isn’t as serious as first thought.
Newcastle’s player of the season has impressed not just the likes of Richards, but Jamie Carragher too. The ex-Liverpool man has spoken highly of him, describing Joelinton as the ‘heartbeat’ of the team.
The encouraging thing for Newcastle fans is that Joelinton should only get even better in his current position too, considering this has been his first season in the role.
If he continues to go at the trajectory he was this season, he’ll be a contender for Newcastle player of the season next year without a doubt.
Additionally, at only 25-years old, Magpies fans could be seeing Joelinton in midfield for many years to come. With his fellow Brazilian counterpart Bruno Guimaraes signing in Janury, the duo have been immense in the second half in the season.
Next season could be a really exciting one. Not just because of the thought of who they could bring in, but how players like Joeliton could develop. The Magpies will be looking to push once again for a top ten finish, this season they finished 11th but considering where they were fighting for survival earlier this season, that’s very impressive.