Eddie Howe feels he’s already seen enough from Joelinton to believe the Brazilian can be a “huge player” for Newcastle United.
After 10 days of training on Tyneside, the new boss seems to have liked what he’s seen from our £40m man, feeling he’s technically good, intelligent and has clever feet for his size.
As a result, he seems eager to ‘unlock that talent’ – something Steve Bruce struggled to do – and insists he still has a ‘big part’ to play in our future
Elsewhere, Howe has talked up Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser – a previously devastating partnership he seems eager to rekindle after the pair combined brilliantly during their time together at Bournemouth.
Here’s what he’s had to say on all of the above, starting with his early thoughts on Joelinton:
“I think he can be a huge player for us.
“From what I’ve seen in training he’s a technical player with very good feet and he’s intelligent.
“Unlocking that talent and ability are things I’m going to make assessments on but he’s got a big part in our future here.”
Then to Fraser and Wilson, a duo who often linked up impressively under Howe but rarely played together under Steve Bruce.
Here’s what Howe’s had to say about that partnership:
“They had a great relationship in terms of the numbers they delivered.
“They’re two great players individually but I think like any team you’re dependant on the partnerships in the team and playing in unison.
“We’ll try and create that here.”