Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United side continued their incredibly impressive run of form on Saturday afternoon, with the Magpies running out comfortable 2-0 winners over Brentford in west London.
The victory now makes it seven fixtures unbeaten for the 44-year-old’s outfit – with four of these coming as wins – not to mention seeing the club climb to 14th place in the Premier League standings, four points clear of the relegation zone.
As is perhaps to be expected after such a result, there were a number of Newcastle players who turned in highly impressive performances at the Brentford Community Stadium, with Ryan Fraser, Joe Willock and Fabian Schar all having stormers against Thomas Frank’s side.
However, it was undoubtedly the display of the resurgent Joelinton that stood out most on Saturday afternoon, as the Brazilian continued his incredible renaissance as a part of Howe’s midfield three.
Indeed, over his 90 minutes on the pitch against Brentford, the £13.5m-rated man was once again imperious in the middle of the park, enjoying 61 touches of the ball, completing 31 passes – one of which was key – taking two shots at the opposition goal, completing one dribble and finding his man with his one attempted long ball – not to mention bagging Newcastle’s opener with a brilliant back-post header.
However, it was not just in an attacking capacity that the £80k-per-week forward impressed, as the 25-year-old also won 11 of his 19 duels, made four clearances, four tackles, won three fouls and blocked one shot.
These returns saw the player who Callum Willson dubbed “unreal” receive an incredibly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.7, while 90min awarded the £40m signing a nine in their own player ratings.
Indeed, it is difficult to argue with this rating, as Joelinton once again stole the show in the heart of the Newcastle team on Saturday, reinforcing Wilson’s further statement regarding his teammate – that “he’s a joke” in his new-found position.