The Lowdown: NUFC secure semi-final place
The Magpies defeated fellow Premier League side Leicester City thanks to a first Toon goal for local lad Dan Burn and a second from Joelinton in a 2-0 victory which sends them through to the semi-finals of the competition.
The Latest: Ryder labels Joelinton ‘absolutely immense’
Writing for The Chronicle, Ryder was full of praise for Joelinton, labelling the Brazilian ‘absolutely immense’ and raved about his ‘big moment’ which doubled Newcastle’s lead, handing him a 10/10 rating.
He wrote: “Absolutely immense. Delivered the big moment in a big game with a wonderful finish. That’s before we talk about the bucketload of interceptions and tackles.”
The Verdict: Joelinton a symbol of NUFC’s form
The transformation of Joeltinton has been simply incredible, as much like Newcastle, he has come on in leaps and bounds in the last year or so.
Last season, the Brazilian made a switch to midfield and has not looked back since. Indeed, in the past year, he ranks in the top 4% for blocks made and the top 6% for aerial duels won, demonstrating that he’s one of the most combative midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues (as per FBref).
A cup semi-final and sitting third in the league means it’s been a fantastic season for the Magpies so far. When you consider the turnaround from where they were last season, Howe and his players deserve a huge amount of credit and it may not be long before they end up lifting some silverware.
During last night’s game, Joelinton managed to win 11 duels, had 71 touches, a passing accuracy of 80%, made two key passes, four interceptions, four tackles, was fouled three times, as well as grabbing one goal and one assist (as per Sofascore). As Ryder suggests, it was an all-round impressive performance.
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