Newcastle began the season with a home defeat to Arsenal with Joelinton the only one of the new signings to start the game in Steve Bruce’s first competitive lineup.

The Brazilian did not score, but looked a menace throughout a first half in which Newcastle looked to be the better side.

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He shares a lot of similarities with last campaign’s player of the season, Salomon Rondon, and with his pace and age, he showed signs of being a worthy successor to the Venezuelan.

After a bright start, like the team as a whole, he lost his way following Jonjo Shelvey’s substitution, and found it more difficult to get involved, the longer the game went on.

Of course, being his first competitive game in English football, he was sure to run out of steam as the game wore on, which is something that will only change with minutes on the pitch.

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He had a great chance to bag his first goal in the first half, when he showed some fantastic footwork on the edge of the box to manufacture a shot for himself, but his shot was straight at the Arsenal keeper.

 

But it was his link up play that impressed the most, with him holding the play up, and winning plenty of aerial balls, to suggest he can be a success in the Premier League.

Joelinton showed he can be good successor to Salomon Rondon

He has big boots to fill, with Rondon being such a hit last season, but the signs are there, and with a few goals, he can receive similar fan adulation.

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His pace could even see him become more of a threat than last season’s number nine, and at a relatively young age, could do so for years to come.

If Joelinton can emulate his predecessor on the pitch and utilise his speed to score goals, he is sure to become a fan-favourite.

Next week at Norwich will be a good test of how good he can be, with games against teams like the Canaries being the type Newcastle will be expecting to take points from.

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