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‘So impressive’: Sky pundit blown away with how hard 26-year-old Newcastle man worked vs Fulham
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‘So impressive’: Sky pundit blown away with how hard 26-year-old Newcastle man worked vs Fulham

Newcastle United looked to keep their top four aspirations alive as they hosted Fulham at St. James’ Park.

The visitors arrived off the back of a brilliant win against Chelsea and after winning four games on the bounce.

Commentating on the game for Sky Sports (15/1 2:24pm), Andy Hinchcliffe was blown away by Joelinton’s work-rate.

The 26-year-old was a doubt for the match after being arrested for drink driving.

However, Eddie Howe decided to keep him in the starting line-up, and will be pleased that he did.

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Joelinton has been a vital player for Newcastle this season, playing either as part of a midfield three or on the wing.

The Brazilian’s work-rate was once again under the microscope against Fulham, and he didn’t disappoint.

There was one particular moment that really impressed Hinchcliffe as he looked to win back possession.

Joelinton’s impressed again for Newcastle against Fulham

Covering the match for Sky Sports, Hinchcliffe said: “Look at the work off-the-ball there from Joelinton.

“It’s not just him, it’s every Newcastle player when the ball is lost, they sprint back into defensive positions.

“That desire to get back into a good shape and win the ball back is so impressive.”

After losing the ball to Kenny Tete minutes later, Joelinton sprinted half the length of the pitch to win possession again.

Hinchcliffe followed up his earlier comment and said, “Once again, there’s that incredible desire to get back, win the ball back for the team.

“Joelinton once again covering ground, sprinting back.”

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Ally McCoist said last week that Joelinton looks like a ‘different human’ this season.

Eddie Howe was buzzing after the Arsenal match that the reporter picked up on how hard Joelinton was working.

Howe was set up his entire team to work incredibly hard out of possession, and it’s certainly benefitted them this season.

Unbeaten in the league since August, St. James’ Park has become a fortress this campaign.

The likes of Joelinton have become heroes in the eyes of Newcastle fans because of their work-rate.

Despite the quick turnaround after their midweek victory over Leicester, they certainly didn’t look short of energy.

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