The 22-year-old knows that with Newcastle having paid the reported transfer fee they did for him, he is under pressure to hit the ground running and score goals.
Joelinton told The Sun: “Due to the price and being the club’s record buy, I knew there would be some pressure. But I hope to have a great season and score lots of goals.
“Maybe if I score many goals, there won’t be so many questions about the No9 shirt.
“It has such importance as it has been worn by so many legends. It’s normal for people to talk about it and make comparisons, adding to the pressure, but I’m relaxed about it.
“I’m not here to take over from anybody. I just hope to contribute to the club, its history and bring joy to the fans.”
Joelinton is a very good forward who is only 22 years of age and can only get better in the coming years.
It could take a while for the Brazilian to adapt to the Premier League and to Newcastle manager Steve Bruce’s playing style, but the St. James’ Park faithful should be optimistic.
According to WhoScored, Joelinton made 25 starts and three substitute appearances in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim last season, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in the process.
Newcastle lost to Arsenal at St. James’ Park in the Premier League at the weekend.
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