Callum Wilson claimed on the Footballer’s Football Podcast that Joelinton has been amazing to be around and has been like a new man during the squad’s training camp in Dubai.
Wilson claims that they spent the last week at the NAS Sports Complex, where the recently revived Brazilian midfielder has been in excellent shape.
The 30-year-old forward has heaped praise on the team bonding as well revealing how much he appreciates having teammate Joelinton around the camp in a different environment.
Here’s what he had to say about our warm-weather break during the latest episode of the BBC podcast:
“We’ve been going out together as a team, for meals together, spending time around the pool together.
“You see the lads in a different environment, in a different light and to be honest, you can see another side of them and their personality and it’s such a good group of lads. When you get them out of the football environment and around the pool you do see different sides of them which is nice.
“When you’re in the club environment day to day, lads are in the gym, some are having dinner, getting treatment, some are still on the pitch doing extras so everyone is on a different timescale so you’re not actually all in the one place at the same time, believe it or not.
“Out here, when we’re all just around the pool, you do definitely see that different side to the players and their character.
“Joelinton is definitely somebody who you see him around the place and his English is good and stuff like that.
“But when you get him in an environment where you’re around the pool having a bit of a laugh, a bit of banter and everyone is all together – what a guy, what a character.
“He’s just made me like him even more as a person and a player so he’s definitely someone who has stood out to me while we’ve been out here and I’ve enjoyed his company definitely.”
For many fans, the 25-year-old Brazilian has been transformed into a hero, and it’s fantastic to hear that he’s not just a brilliant midfielder, but also a great person to have in and around the squad, on and off the field.
Eddie Howe previously brought his team to a warm-weather training camp in Saudi Arabia in January, which helped to keep our nine-game unbeaten streak alive, and he will be looking for a similar result this time around.