Report: Eddie Howe is blown away by one Newcastle player; he's set to start against Arsenal
According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has been really impressed with the club’s record signing, Joelinton.
The Brazilian joined the Magpies for £40 million in the summer of 2019 (BBC). He was even handed the famous number nine shirt, but things just didn’t work out for him under Steve Bruce.
Before Howe’s appointment, Joelinton had played 91 games for Newcastle in all competitions and had scored just 10 goals. That is a shocking return for someone who cost so much money, but his fortunes may change now.
The Brazilian started for the Magpies last weekend and he was absolutely fantastic.
Eddie Howe blown away by Newcastle striker Joelinton
Before testing positive for the virus, Howe took charge of training at Newcastle for a few days. He had a closer look at all of his players, but it was Joelinton who reportedly impressed him the most.
The report claims that the new Magpies boss was ‘taken aback by the Brazilian’s physical presence and fitness stats’ in training sessions last week.
That convinced him to start Joelinton against Brentford and the striker repaid the faith by scoring a goal and delivering a man of the match performance.
Joelinton to start against Arsenal
Newcastle United head to North London this weekend to take on Arsenal in the Premier League. The Magpies’ record against the Gunners is woeful, having won just one of their last 17 Premier League meetings. (BBC)
Howe will be looking to change that this weekend and the report claims that Joelinton is expected to start again. The Brazilian doesn’t have a great record against Arsenal, having failed to score or assist in any of his five appearances against the Gunners.
However, with his confidence now back, his fortunes could change. Arsenal are wounded as well after suffering a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, and if Newcastle put turn up the pressure early in the game, they could really hurt the Gunners at the Emirates.
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