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Joelinton can do it all…including scoring goals – Eddie Howe

2 months ago
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Eddie Howe has been waxing lyrical about Joelinton.

The £40m club record signing that never made any sense to Newcastle United fans under Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce.

However, already looking a completely different proposition under the new Head Coach, particularly in the games against Brentford and Norwich.

Eddie Howe declaring ‘We really, really like him. I think he’s got a good mix of physicality and technical ability. ..His work rate has been a real feature and he has given everything for the team.’

Joelinton is just one player, though maybe the best example of all, who is now really benefiting from the amount and quality of time spent on the coaching pitch with Eddie Howe. Far fitter and understanding his part in what he has been asked to do.

Eddie Howe also insists…’I think he does have the ability also to score goals.’

Well certainly one in three games under Eddie Howe is a massive improvement on six in 79 Premier League appearances before the new Head Coach arrived.

This is the Joelinton Premier League record so far with Newcastle United:

2019/20 Joelinton made 32 Premier League starts and 6 sub appearances – 2 goals and 2 assists

2020/21 Joelinton made 23 Premier League starts and 8 sub appearances – 4 goals and 2 assists

2021/22 Joelinton has so far made 8 Premier League starts and 5 sub appearances – 1 goal and 1 assist

Total of 63 PL starts and 19 sub appearances, producing 7 goals and 5 assists

I still don’t think anybody believes Joelinton is a £40m centre-forward, which is what the clueless idiots previously running the club claimed they had brought to Tyneside. Indeed, nobody even believes he is a centre-forward these days.

What very recently he (Joelinton) has suggested is that he could / should be a very effective hard working all action midfielder / support striker who can benefit the team overall.

I don’t for one minute think he is going to suddenly start scoring 20 goals a season in the Premier League but I think that setting him a target of 10 goals and 10 assists per season isn’t totally unrealistic, or at least getting close to it. He has been getting forward more and into goalscoring positions, having more shots than he has ever had I think. Not all of them hitting the target but a massive improvement on what has largely gone before, where even going into the box was a rarity in many matches.

Bottom line is that Newcastle United ended up in a position of acceptance whereby pretty much all the goal expectation was on Callum Wilson. Reality is though that with a more front foot head coach prepared to go on the attack in most matches and with a plan, we have to see the likes of Joelinton, ASM and Almiron getting amongst the goals, as well as helping to feed Callum Wilson.

Eddie Howe on Joelinton:

“We really, really like him.

“I think he’s got a good mix of physicality and technical ability.

“You saw some superb footwork to get out of some difficult areas[against Norwich].

“His work rate has been a real feature and he has given everything for the team.

“He has got a really selfless mindset so I’ve been really pleased with him.

“I think he can continue to improve and he’s going to be a huge player for us.

“On Tuesday he started as a 10, then moved to a midfield position. He can play in a number of areas and I wouldn’t label him.

“He has got a very high technical level, he has got a great work ethic and a great physicality.

“I think he does have the ability also to score goals.

“Put that mix together and I think you have an outstanding individual who is only going to get better for us.”

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