After Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Norwich, Eddie Howe gave special mentions to Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis.
Both did brilliantly after barely kicking a ball over the past two months, however it was Joelinton who stood out for me, with his sheer determination and drive at both ends being key as we battled on with 10 men.
Somehow, the Brazilian only got a 6 out of 10 in Lee Ryder’s player ratings piece for The Chronicle, so it’s good to see Alan Shearer sing his praises after a frustrating yet hard-fought point at St James’ Park.
Here’s what he said on Amazon Prime, naming the 24-year-old his man of the match after being impressed by the shift he put in at both ends of the pitch:
“I am going to go for Joelinton.
“I think he has worked extremely hard.
“He has given his team options tonight.
“He has helped defend….tried to attack, get up and support when the chances have been there.”
Joelinton may never be a £40m player, but he has looked a new man since Eddie Howe walked through the door.
He looked fit as a fiddle and strong as an ox on Tuesday night – showing how valuable he can be from a defensive point of view – but also went close with a few decent efforts before Clark’s costly red card.
With Burnley on Saturday set to be another tough physical battle, let’s hope the big man can put in another huge shift.