Joelinton has gone from zero to hero at Newcastle United.
The Brazilian was a star on Saturday, scoring his first goal of the season and putting in a wonderful performance against Brentford.
He received a lot of praise from Eddie Howe in the build-up to the game, with the new boss tipping his number seven to become a ‘huge’ player for the Magpies.
According to the Chronicle, the 43-year-old has been very impressed with Joelinton since he arrived.
They report that the new manager has been ‘taken aback’ by his physicality and his fitness stats.
Joelinton ran himself into the ground on Saturday, and could have secured a late winner in front of the Gallowgate. Sadly, he slipped at the vital moment.
But slip aside, it was an excellent performance from Joelinton. He led the press high up the pitch, while he used his strength to bring others into the game.
Can Joelinton replicate Brentford performance vs Arsenal?
The Chronicle report that Joelinton is expected to start against Arsenal on Saturday. That is no surprise given how well he played last time out.
Howe will likely stick with the same system he started with against Brentford, but he does have options such as Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron in reserve.
However, Joelinton deserves to retain his place. He looked so much more comfortable on the right of attack, and our front three combined brilliantly at times.
There’s no reason for Howe to drop Joelinton. The only member of the front three who should be worried is Callum Wilson, simply because he is one yellow card away from a suspension. That is precarious given our upcoming clash with Norwich.
But for Joelinton, he will hoping to continue his good form at the Emirates. His physicality will be important, as we may be forced to play it long at times.
Will the Joelinton renaissance continue on Saturday? Fingers crossed.