Eddie Howe was blown away by Joelinton’s ‘outstanding talent’ after just one training session in charge of Newcastle… but Magpies boss refuses to take credit for the 26-year-old’s evolution from goal-shy striker to midfield machine
- Eddie Howe thought Joelinton was an ‘outstanding talent’ when he first saw him
- He was blown away by his ability during his first session in charge of Newcastle
- Joelinton had been struggling for form when the manager arrived at the club
- However, Howe managed to revive Joelinton’s career by changing his position
- Howe saw something no one else did and moved the forward into the midfield
- The 26-year-old played an important role in the Newcastle team last season
Eddie Howe thought Joelinton was an ‘outstanding talent’ and admitted to being shocked by his potential after taking charge of his first Newcastle training session in 2021.
Joelinton had been struggling for form when Howe arrived on the scene. It took the Brazilian 26 games games and 39 shots to score his first goal and he only managed to add five more to his tally across his first two seasons at the club.
However, Howe managed to revive Joelinton’s career by changing his position. The Newcastle boss saw something no one else did and moved the forward into the midfield.
Eddie Howe thought Joelinton was an ‘outstanding talent’ when he first saw him at Newcastle
Joelinton’s influence in the middle of the pitch was crucial. He became one of Newcastle’s best players not just defensively but in attack too.
He won more aerial battles than any other Newcastle player during the 2021-2022 campaign. He also registered more interceptions, clearances and tackles than Newcastle’s registered forwards.
Howe admitted he was proud of Joelinton’s improvement but insisted it was the player that should be credited.
Joelinton had been struggling for form under Steve Bruce after signing for the Magpies in 2019
It took the Brazilian (above) 26 games games and 39 shots to score his first goal for Newcastle despite working hard on the training pitch for the Magpies
Speaking to Alan Shearer via The Athletic, Howe said: ‘When you see a player do well — and improve dramatically in Joe’s case — it gives you a great source of satisfaction, but the credit lies with him.
He went on to add: ‘I remember seeing him in our first training session and thinking, wow, what a player he is. I didn’t know too much about what had happened to him here, but that initial impression was of an outstanding talent who also seemed like a really good guy. My opinion hasn’t changed.’
Howe also touched on his relationship with Allan Saint-Maximin and explained how he goes about getting the best out of the 25-year-old star.
Howe was shocked by his potential after taking charge of his first Newcastle training session
Howe managed to revive Joelinton’s career by changing his position. Ever since, he has played an important role for Newcastle
The Newcastle boss said: ‘With someone like Allan [Saint-Maximin], what I’ve tried to do is understand how he thinks, what he needs to be the best he can be.
‘I work backwards from that point. And that’s where I say being able to control my emotions well helps in those situations, where you’re maybe frustrated.
‘You put that to one side and think, ‘What does he need to help him?’ I’ve been able to condition my brain to think that way.’
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