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Howe knew Joelinton was an outstanding player from first training session
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Howe knew Joelinton was an outstanding player from first training session

Eddie Howe has told The Athletic that he has felt that Joelinton is an outstanding player throughout his tenure at Newcastle, while he shared how the Brazilian blew him away in his first training session.

It is surely no understatement to suggest that few players in Premier League history have been transformed quite as dramatically as Joelinton has during his time on Tyneside.

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For much of his spell with the Magpies, he appeared destined to be remembered as one of the worst signings in Premier League history. He scored just six goals across his first two seasons with Newcastle.

But something has changed since Howe arrived. The 26-year-old has dropped back from the frontline and into Newcastle’s midfield. And with that, he has been an absolute revelation for Howe’s side.

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Few could have foreseen just how good Joelinton would prove to be. But Howe has suggested that he saw something in the player almost immediately as he reflected on his progression over the last 12 months.

“When you see a player do well — and improve dramatically in Joe’s case — it gives you a great source of satisfaction, but the credit lies with him,” he told The Athletic.

“I remember seeing him in our first training session and thinking, ‘Wow, what a player he is’. I didn’t know too much about what had happened to him here, but that initial impression was of an outstanding talent who also seemed like a really good guy. My opinion hasn’t changed.”

Joelinton an outstanding player

It is remarkable to see how Joelinton has turned his Newcastle career around. At the time of his arrival, he became the club’s record signing. And that was at a time when the Magpies barely ever flirted with breaking that record.

It seemed that the club had made a terrible mistake. He finished his first season with just two league goals. And his record in all competitions worked out at a goal every 11 games.

Obviously, Joelinton deserves enormous credit for making the most of the fresh chance. Many players would have been defeated after being written off so many times. But he has fought his way back and is now a massive part of the Newcastle side.

However, Howe deserves huge praise too. Few would have seen the player Howe saw Joelinton becoming.

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