Newcastle United entered into a new era in their history as Saudi Arabian consortium PIF completed their takeover of the club in October of last year.
One of the first orders of business for them was to replace the manager as they sacked Steve Bruce and appointed Eddie Howe to lead the team forward.
This has turned out to be a fantastic decision as the former Bournemouth boss has been a roaring success at St James’ Park. He helped to keep the Tynesiders in the Premier League last term and currently has them sitting in fourth in the table in the 2022/23 campaign.
Whilst his squad has been bolstered by the signings of Sven Botman, Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn and Kieran Trippier, among others, Howe has also played a blinder with some of the players he inherited on Tyneside.
One gem with whom he struck gold is Joelinton, who joined the club from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim as a striker in the summer of 2019 and endured a rough time up front for the Magpies.
The Brazilian’s Transfermarkt value went from £31.5m to £13.5m between 2019 and December 2021 as he scored a paltry six goals in 69 Premier League appearances for the club across his first two seasons in England.
Howe came in during the 2021/22 campaign and one of his early decisions was to move Joelinton from playing in the frontline to being a central midfielder, which turned out to be a masterstroke.
Last season, the 44-year-old heaped praise on the Brazilian by saying: “Joe has been fantastic for me since we came in. We like him. He has a good mix of physicality, technical ability, superb footwork to get out of tight situations, and he covers every blade of grass.
“He has a selfless mindset, and there is more to come. He can improve, but he is going to be a huge player for us.”
Kieran Trippier recently described the 26-year-old as a “machine“, and that perfectly describes what Howe has turned him into over the last year.
Joelinton won 3.1 tackles and interceptions per game in the top flight last term and has followed that up by averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.01 and making 3.7 tackles and interceptions per match in the current campaign.
His form led to Transfermarkt updating his value to £25.2m earlier this season, which means that his valuation has soared by roughly 86% this year from £13.5m just last December.
Therefore, Howe has struck gold for Newcastle by moving Joelinton into midfield, as his resurgence has caused his market value to rocket, when it looked like his career was only going downhill prior to the current manager’s arrival at St James’ Park.