Newcastle's Joelinton confirms new status as top midfield enforcer as tackle statistic emerges
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Newcastle's Joelinton confirms new status as top midfield enforcer as tackle statistic emerges

Newcastle United ran out 2-1 winners over Brighton yesterday, and it was another fine outing for Joelinton.

The Brazilian is playing with huge confidence right now, and scooped the club’s Player of the Month award for February.

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Joelinton has been an absolute revelation since his transition into a midfield player.

Eddie Howe was talking in the week about how he is reluctant to actually brand him a midfielder now, as he still believes he can do a job in the final third.

But it’s really difficult to see him playing in any other role now.

Yesterday was another superb showing from the South American.

His physicality in that midfield is extremely refreshing to see, and it pairs well with the technical quality of Jonjo Shelvey and the box-to-box athleticism of Joe Willock.

He is marking himself out as a real enforcer; and now a statistic has come to light to back that up.

Since his conversion to a central midfielder against Liverpool back in December, no player in the Premier League has made more tackles than him (40).

Eddie Howe would be a fool to take Joelinton out of Newcastle’s midfield now

It is still difficult to believe this transformation that’s unfolding in front of our eyes.

Joelinton was heavily criticised by Newcastle supporters before this season. And to be honest, he was the butt of the joke for neutrals given his £40 million price tag.

It’s been an incredible renaissance for the star at St. James’ Park, who is now without doubt one of the team’s most important players.

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He simply has to stay in the engine room at this point.

Howe would just be a fool to take him out of his current role. There is surely little chance of the manager doing that moving forwards, despite his midweek comment.