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'Slightly unusual': BBC pundit thinks 26-year-old doesn't even want to play up-front for Newcastle now
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'Slightly unusual': BBC pundit thinks 26-year-old doesn't even want to play up-front for Newcastle now

Newcastle United have returned to the top four of the Premier League for the first time in years.

Their impressive 2-1 over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday was the latest fantastic result for Eddie Howe’s side.

Speaking on BBC 5 Live’s The Monday Night Club, Chris Sutton was speaking about Newcastle’s season.

Sutton wanted to highlight one player in particular in Howe’s squad that he’s been impressed.

Brazilian Joelinton has looked like a different player to the one that arrived for a record fee from Hoffenheim.

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His shift into midfield has been so impressive, that Sutton believes Joelinton probably doesn’t want to play up-front anymore.

The 26-year-old has formed a remarkable partnership with fellow countryman Bruno Guimaraes this season.

The pair’s tenacious work has been the platform for Newcastle’s success in recent weeks.

Jamie Carragher was especially impressed with Joelinton’s work-rate against Spurs.

It was a feature of his game that was evident when he was playing as a centre-forward, but his finishing ability was up to scratch.

Joelinton probably doesn’t want to play up-front – Sutton

Sutton was speaking about the 26-year-old’s fantastic start to the season on BBC 5 Live.

“What’s slightly unusual about the Joelinton thing is that you think he was a £45 million centre forward,” Sutton said.

“To think that he seems happy playing that position, you like ask most centre forwards [and they wouldn’t enjoy it], but he seems really happy there.

“I bet if you asked him he wouldn’t even want to move back up top.”

Newcastle fans would almost certainly agree that Joelinton’s found his best role in the side.

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The return of Callum Wilson and signing of Alexander Isak mean Joelinton should never be needed as a centre-forward again.

Teammate Fabian Schar has said that Joelinton has completely changed since Howe arrived at the club.

Joelinton still has some strikers’ instincts, and was furious with Guimaraes against Everton when he shot instead of passing to him.

However, Joelinton doesn’t want to play up-front again during his Newcastle career as he settles into his role in the centre of midfield.

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