'I'm sure': Alan Shearer thinks 'sensational' Newcastle United player is going to start scoring more often soon
Unbeaten since the last round of internationals, Eddie Howe’s side have stormed into the top four.
He’s also said that Kieran Trippier is England’s best defender at this time.
Shearer is clearly enjoying what’s going on at St. James’ Park, and the effect Eddie Howe has had since arriving.
A number of players who didn’t look good enough for the Premier League are now thriving.
Newcastle fans would never have imagined that Miguel Almiron was capable of playing at the level he is right now.
However, Shearer wanted to highlight the turnaround in Joelinton form this season.
The Brazilian was initially signed as a striker, but never suited the role and was ridiculed for his large price tag.
He’s formed a fantastic partnership with Bruno Guimaraes in midfield this season and looks at home in the centre of the park.
Shearer has said that the Joelinton can add more goals to his game and thinks he’ll start scoring soon.
Shearer thinks Joelinton can add more goals to his game
“I felt really sorry for Joelinton when Newcastle signed him, because I felt everything was a bit unfair on him,” Shearer said.
“They paid £40m for him as a centre-forward and gave him the number nine shirt, and clearly he was never a number nine and he wasn’t a centre-forward.
“But, the one thing about him, he never hid. He always wanted to go and get the ball, always tried and worked his socks off.
“That kept the relationship with the Newcastle fans, and so they always stuck with him.
“But then, the movement back into midfield has been sensational, and he looks a real, top player in midfield.
“He looks big and strong, he can carry the ball, he’s got a presence in there, his touch has been superb.
“The one thing that Joelinton can perhaps add is more goals but that will come I’m sure.
“Eddie’s done an unbelievable job in what he’s done with him and several other players as well.”
Joelinton has found his role at Newcastle
To sign him for £40m as a consistent source of goals was always going to be a massive risk.
However, his ability to carry the ball, play forward passes to teammates and work relentlessly out of possession has made him an ideal candidate to play in midfield.
Joelinton’s form this season saw him included on Brazil’s longlist for the World Cup, but a call-up was always unlikely.
He can instead spend a month continuing to train under Howe, and may be relied upon even more when the Premier League returns.
If Brazil go far in the tournament, Guimaraes may not be 100% fit on his return.
The responsibility of controlling Newcastle’s midfield will fall to the 26-year-old.
If Joelinton can add some goals to his game, he’ll be the perfect all-round midfielder for Howe.
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