Joelinton was arguably the star performer from Eddie Howe’s first game as manager.
The Brazilian looked revitalised against Brentford, starting on the right of a front three alongside Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin.
After a tough couple of years for Joelinton, we’ve finally seen glimpses of what he can do this season. And it looks like Howe could be the one to get the best out of him.
On the latest episode of Pod On The Tyne, the Athletic’s Chris Waugh has spoken about the 25-year-old and the new role he has at St James’ Park under Howe.
What’s been said about Joelinton?
“He leads the press,” Waugh told Pod On The Tyne.
“What Eddie Howe’s noticed during training is that because Joelinton came from a Hoffenheim side under Julian Nagelsmann where they were renowned for pressing high and leading that press, he’s used to that.
“So he’s one of the players who’s being leaned on early on by Eddie Howe to lead that press.”
Eddie Howe is already getting more out of Joelinton
It was a joy to watch Joelinton on Saturday. And that’s something that hasn’t been said often about him since his Toon arrival.
Things haven’t gone to plan for Joelinton. The price tag was too big and the number nine weighed heavy. He played in a system that didn’t suit him in a position that shouldn’t have been his.
This season we’ve seen him play out wide more regularly, and that’s where he started against Brentford.
His enthusiasm was fantastic. He was directing traffic, telling teammates what to do and leading by example. His physicality caused Brentford problems, while the heat map pictured below shows how impactful he was all over the pitch.
We saw flicks and tricks from the big man, and he even got himself a goal, his first of the season.
Fans want to see Joelinton succeed at St James’ Park. And hopefully Saturday was the beginning of better times ahead. He appears to have more guidance under Howe, and it has already led to one sensational performance. Here’s to many more.