'I'm not kidding you': Ally McCoist says £86k-a-week Newcastle player looks like a 'different human' this year
Newcastle United fans will be dreaming of Wembley this morning after their 2-0 win against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.
They’re now just a two-legged semi-final away from their first domestic final in decades.
Speaking on TalkSPORT this morning (11/1 7:41am), Ally McCoist was waxing lyrical about Newcastle’s performance.
Eddie Howe put out his strongest team after the disappointment of being eliminated from the FA Cup at the weekend.
The likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Trippier returned to the team last night and made a big difference.
The Brazilian was named player of the match and Howe was delighted with the 25-year-old’s performance.
There were also jubilant scenes as Dan Burn finally scored his first goal for his boyhood team.
His composed finish sent Newcastle on their way to another memorable victory.
The second goal was scored by Joelinton, who McCoist described as looking like a different player this season.
After a tough start to life at St. James’ Park, Howe has got the best out of the £86,000-a-week Brazilian in midfield.
Joelinton looks like a different player – McCoist
Speaking on the radio this morning about the 26-year-old, McCoist said: “I think the one standout I’ve got to say, I can’t remember being happier for a player that I’ve never met than Joelinton.
“I’m not kidding you on, he actually looks like a different human being. It’s brilliant to see, I’ve never met the guy, but I’m thrilled for him.”
It’s hard to underestimate just how impressive Joelinton’s turn around has been at Newcastle.
After starting his career at the club as a struggling centre-forward, he’s thrived as part of a midfield three or on the wing.
Although he wasn’t scoring goals, Joelinton’s work-rate has never been questioned.
Howe has pleased that this was recognised after Newcastle’s draw with Arsenal.
The fact that Joelinton is like a different player when he has this much confidence has really benefitted Newcastle.
Howe is comfortable playing him in multiple roles, but Joelinton needs to keep adding more goals to his game.
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