Joelinton is one of only two Premier League players to have more than 30 contributions in five separate defensive midfield stats this season. With West Ham’s Declan Rice, the brazilian was measured for making over 30 in the following metrics: tackles made, interceptions made, clearances made, shots completed and aerial duels won according to the statistics site Squawka
While Rice leads in tackles, interceptions and catches, Joelinton leads the England midfielder in clearances and aerial duels, having finished 43 and 88 respectively. a deeper role coincided with the appointment of Eddie Howe to Newcastle Unitedwho saw that the former Hoffenheim man had the attributes to win battles in midfield.
It was Ciaran Clark’s dismissal against Norwich in November that first prompted Howe to drop Joelinton in midfield, and subsequent outstanding performances against Manchester United and Brentford earned him hero status cult number 7. Despite scoring just two goals so far this season, the revitalized midfielder has shown his ability in different areas for Newcastle this season, as these stats highlight, and he has been a key man in the Magpies’ charge up to the Premier League table almost safely. .
In a recent interview with the Official program and club websiteJoelinton commented: “I like playing in midfield. You participate in the game a lot. You have to defend, you have to attack, and I like having the ball, so it has helped my game. I want to develop and develop more in position.”
Asked about the fans’ newfound love for him, he said: “It’s good, but I think it’s more important for my family, who have been through difficult times. And for them, it’s a big source. of happiness.”
“It’s more important for the people around me. It’s good that the press says nice things about me, the fans say nice things about me. It’s great. But I know what I’m capable of. I think it’s more important to the people around me than me personally.”
He later added: “I still have a lot of dreams to achieve. I want to continue to play well, establish that consistency, develop my game more and contribute with more goals and assists. I want to succeed here at Newcastle. I want Newcastle to be back in the Champions League.
“The Brazilian Sele cão is also a goal. But to do that, I have to keep working as hard as I did and I hope to achieve all my dreams.”
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