Could Joelinton ignite Newcastle with a match-winning display at Watford?
Could Joelinton ignite Newcastle with a match-winning display at Watford?
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Could Joelinton ignite Newcastle with a match-winning display at Watford?

With Callum Wilson still out injured and Joe Willock potentially unavailable for the trip to Watford too, could Joelinton be the man to take the goalscoring burden off Newcastle’s talisman Allan Saint-Maximin with a match-winning performance against the Hornets?

It was Wilson’s unfortunate injury which meant that Joelinton found himself back in the starting line-up.

But after back-to-back 90 minutes against Manchester United and Leeds, the Brazilian could play a starring role in Saturday’s clash at Vicarage Road.

Coming off the back of registering his first goalscoring contribution of the season against Leeds with an assist for Saint-Maximin, the 25-year-old will be hoping to have a further growing influence on proceedings against Watford.

Getting sharper and fitter

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With every passing full game the former Hoffenheim striker plays, the fitter and sharper he will get.

Across his last two matches, the club record £40m signing (BBC Sport) has had five shots on goal, created two chances and completed three dribbles (WhoScored).

Against Leeds, Joelinton also showed his defensive attributes and willingness to work hard for his team. He made two tackles and three interceptions against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Similar to Newcastle, Watford are yet to register a Premier League clean sheet this season, so there could well be chances for Joelinton to score his first Premier League goal since May.

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Joelinton is starting to get himself into dangerous positions with more regularity and it’s surely only a matter of time before he opens his season’s account.

Drifting in off the left-hand side looks to be working to good effect and if he can get closer to Saint-Maximin, who is always capable of creating something out of nothing, then the ball might drop kindly for him.

That’s what happened against Leeds but Joelinton was thwarted by a good save from Illan Meslier. However, if Newcastle’s number seven keeps on putting himself in goalscoring positions, the chances will fall for him.

Joelinton has shown a steady improvement with every appearance so far this season and it wouldn’t be a surprise if that continued with a rare match-winning display against Watford on Saturday.