Newly appointed Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe certainly carries a lot of weight on his shoulders. Being the manager of the world’s richest football club, at least theoretically, brings with it certain caveats.
Despite the club’s newfound riches, Howe at the moment can’t dive into them to sign any fresh faces. So, he is faced with the uphill task of saving The Toon from humiliation and rescuing them from relegation with the current crop.
He got off to an unfortunate start as he missed his first game in charge against Brentford due to covid and subsequently lost to Arsenal during his first taste of the home dugout.
While the task ahead remains arduous, positive signs are beginning to appear.
Joelinton hasn’t quite hit his stride since becoming Newcastle’s record signing, arriving from Hoffenheim for $40 million back in 2019. However, there is still hope for the Brazilian as he already looks to have benefited from the change in stewardship.
Newcastle’s 1-1 draw against Norwich is an example. After an early red card for the Magpies sacrifices needed to be made and Joelinton was asked to play a deeper role instead of his natural forward position.
The Brazilian delivered a resounding performance and adapted very quickly. He worked hard for the team and contributed defensively. Newcastle legend Alan Shearer was also impressed as he adjudged the Brazilian his man of the match for the game, he added, “He has given his team options tonight. He has helped defend. Tried to attack get up and support when the chances have been there.”
Eddie Howe made sure to let Joelinton know that his efforts were appreciated during the game. In this clip gaining popularity amongst Geordies, Howe can be seen passionately praising his player. Although slightly explicit, Howe could be heard saying, “F****** brilliant, son. Joe…f****** love it” during a moment in the game.
Fans on Twitter loved this from their new gaffer and remarked upon the passion the English manager is already expressing.