The Athletic have released a brilliant piece on Joelinton today, focusing on his incredible upturn in form since Eddie Howe’s appointment last month.
It also features some insightful comments from the 25-year-old’s agent, Diego Vieira, who reveals how his Brazilian-based agency was approached by the former Hoffenheim star earlier this year.
To begin with, Vieira discusses how Eddie Howe’s arrival allowed Joelinton press the ‘reset’ button on his NUFC career, enabling him to thrive as a player ‘perfectly suited’ to the new manager’s style of play.
Here’s what he told The Athletic:
“Joelinton came to us and said, ‘I want to improve, to give more of myself to this club.
“He was already working so hard but needed some fresh eyes to look at what he was doing and show what he could bring to the team.”
“When Eddie Howe arrived, we pressed the reset button.
“We watched Bournemouth clips and received valuable feedback from Joelinton on what Howe expected of him.
“What was clear was that Joelinton would be perfectly suited to Howe’s style.
“He’s capable of pressing at a very intense level, maintaining possession and has strength driving forward with the ball, which are all things Howe likes.
“Joelinton has already seen that himself from his conversations with the manager.
“Joelinton has it very clear in his mind what Howe wants from him.
“He is getting detailed instructions and is benefitting from that.”
Vieira then revealed how his client had found the previous two years ‘frustrating’ under Steve Bruce – despite working so hard to silence the critics labelling him a £40m flop:
“Joelinton’s mind has been opened and he absorbs information so quickly,”
“He’s found the past two years frustrating. He’s tried so hard but it just hasn’t happened.
“He is determined to make the most of this chance.”
His agent then discussed his adaptation period and determination to kick on after a strong start to life under Eddie Howe, revealing how he plans to score more goals and maintain recent performance levels:
“I’ve never heard him say he is unhappy at Newcastle,”
“It took him a little bit of time to adapt.
“He came from a team where he was getting more touches, not as deep, but now the style is changing.
“He likes the city, the club and he wants to be a big part of its future and believes he can be.”
“He was very happy to score but he knows there is room for improvement,”
“Importantly, he wants more. This can’t be a one-off, I need to repeat this 10 or 15 times’.”