Joelinton grabbed headlines with a brace in his 100th Premier League appearance as Newcastle United secured a comfortable win at Norwich City. Eddie Howe made four changes to the starting line-up but two goals from the former number nine and a second-half strike from Bruno Guimaraes sealed a 3-0 victory at Carrow Road.

Here’s a look at how the national media reported on Newcastle United’s latest win:

‘Fortunes have turned entirely’ – Emlyn Begley, BBC Sport

“When these teams met in November, a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park, Newcastle were bottom of the table without a win in 14 games. No team had ever stayed in that position.

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“Norwich were three points and two places above them. But Newcastle’s fortunes changed completely with the Saudi takeover, the management of Howe and several big signings in January.

“One of Howe’s greatest successes was to turn Joelinton from a goal-shy striker into a combative midfielder – although he was back in the lead in that game as Chris Wood, 25m of pounds sterling, was left on the bench.

“His first goal came when the Norwich defenders failed to clear Saint-Maximin’s pass after good wing play from Murphy, a goal which was ultimately stood after a video assistant referee checked a possible offside by Murphy.

“Guimaraes sent Murphy and Joe Willock on with a nice through ball – as both entered behind the Norwich defense – with Joelinton scoring from Murphy’s ball at the far post.

“At one point Newcastle fans dreamed of 17th place and safety. Now they are 15 points clear of the relegation zone.”

Newcastle’s unlikely ‘cult hero’ – Kathryn Batte, Mail Online

“Few could have predicted that Joelinton, the man written off as a £40million flop, would become a cult hero at Newcastle. Two first-half goals at Carrow Road, in his 100th Premier League appearance , plus a strike from Bruno Guimaraes moved the Magpies to ninth and Norwich ever closer to relegation.

“The Brazilian was serenaded by full-time Newcastle fans, who had unveiled a banner before kick-off to mark his landmark game.

“Joelinton reinvented himself under Howe. The 25-year-old was signed as a big-money striker in 2019. Goals were expected but they didn’t come.

“He only managed four in his first season and two in the following campaign, but he thrived in a deeper role under Howe. On Saturday, however, he started in front as Chris Wood and Miguel Almiron were rested. But it was a tactical change at the half-hour mark, which saw Joelinton switch to the left wing, earning him his two goals before half-time.”

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