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BBC pundit says Newcastle player who 'looked lost' is now thriving under Eddie Howe

BBC Sport pundit Dion Dublin praised Newcastle United star Joelinton during the Magpies’ trip to West Ham.

The 25-year-old previously “looked lost” but is “influencing games now”, Dublin said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Joelinton is Newcastle United’s record signing, joining for a reported £40million in July 2019.

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For so long, the player struggled at St James’ Park, looking low on confidence and low on attacking output.

However, Joelinton looks revitalised now, and against West Ham, he put in an incredible display.

The Brazilian completed 40 of his 42 passes, created several chances, had a shot on target.

Joelinton also shone defensively, blocking shots and closing down Hammers players time and time again.

I News wrote after the game: “It isn’t just that Joelinton has become a holding midfielder but that he is carrying out two or three roles at once.

“He gets behind the ball out of possession, plays as an advanced midfielder when the team is in shape with the ball and breaks forward on the counter.”

“Making that role look easy”

Early on in the game (19/2/22, 12:59), Dublin said: “In his early days at Newcastle Joelinton looked lost.

“He was up there on his own and told to play as the number nine. He didn’t fit the way they were trying to play.

“He’s got a bit more time on the ball in central midfield. He can pick a pass and he’s big and strong.

“He’s making that role look easy and he’s influencing games now.”

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Newcastle fought back to claim a 1-1 draw at West Ham.

Craig Dawson had opened the scoring for the hosts, heading home on 32 minutes from an Aaron Cresswell free kick.

However, Joe Willock got Newcastle back on level terms just before the break.

The 22-year-old guided the ball over the line off the far past, with goalline technology awarding the goal.

Credit to Howe for steering the heavily depleted Magpies to a great point away at a tough opponent.

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