The Newcastle United Blog | The striker reveals his transformed team-mate was a big hit in Dubai


Joelinton returned to the side in our disappointing defeat at Everton before the break. Eddie Howe weighed in sitting the Brazilian for a third game in a row to give his groin some extra rest.

However, it turns out Joelinton didn’t need any extra recovery time as he also featured in the midweek friendly in Dubai, scoring one of Newcastle’s five goals himself. Allan Saint-Maximin and Dwight Gayle had braces during the hour-long practice match.

It looks like Joelinton has recovered from his groin problem, and hopefully Saint-Maximin gets closer to full fitness ahead of Saturday’s clash at Tottenham. A match where Newcastle needs a result to avoid a third consecutive defeat.

Callum Wilson, who is slowly getting back into shape, spoke to the footballer’s football podcaster again. Joelinton’s importance under Howe has become a popular topic of discussion in recent months.

Wilson talked about his teammate but touched on a different aspect – how Joeinton is quite the character behind the scenes. Newcastle World posted the following from our reigning Player of the Season about Big Joe:

“When you’re in the day-to-day club environment, everyone’s on a different timescale, so you’re not all in the same place at the same time, even if you’re in the same building.

“Here (in Dubai), when you’re all around the pool, you see this different side of them and their character.

“Joelinton is definitely someone you see around, his English is pretty good but when you put him in an environment where you’re around the pool, laughing and joking a bit…what a guy, what a character .

“It made me love him even more as a person and as a player. He’s definitely someone who has stood out for me since we’ve been here as a team. I’ve enjoyed his company.

The pair seem to have a great relationship as Joelinton gave up number 9 to Wilson before this season. Joelinton has since been transformed into a highly effective box-to-box midfielder.

He also seems to be getting a lot more fluent as his English improves. It was a rough start for our record signing, but things are looking very bright for his future under the magnificent Eddie Howe.

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