Despite conceding three goals and coming away with just a point, one shining light on the day for Newcastle fans was the performance of Joelinton.
The Brazilian not only scored Newcastle’s second goal of the day but also showed off his attacking talents to his new manager, despite Howe not being in attendance at St James’ Park after testing positive for the virus.
In his 90 minutes on the pitch against Thomas Frank’s side, Joelinton had two shots on target, completed all three dribbles he attempted and made two key passes.
Joelinton also showed that he is capable of doing the defensive work by making two interceptions, three clearances and winning 11 of his 16 duels.
This ultimately earned the Toon attacker an impressive overall match rating of 8.1/10, making him their highest-rated player on the day according to SofaScore. He even beat Allan Saint-Maximin, who eventually ended up securing a point for the Magpies.
In addition, Chronicle Live gave Joelinton their Man of the Match award and said that “when Newcastle were under the cosh he was the last man battling for every ball”, which just goes to show how determined he was to play well and get a win for his side – and indeed for Howe.
Despite not winning the game, this performance from the 25-year-old will certainly be encouraging for the fans and his new manager, who recently suggested that the Brazilian could be a “huge player” for the Toon going forward.
If he can continue putting in similar performances from now until the end of the season and add some more goals and assists to his tally, he could well steer his side out of the relegation zone and repay the faith in him shown by Howe.