The Sun’s David Coverdale has done an interview with our new number 9 and record signing Joelinton.
The Brazilian forward will turn just twenty-three years of age tomorrow and already has the weighted expectations of being this club’s record signing on his shoulders.
He is still coming to grips with the language barrier. He also has revealed that his girlfriend and young daughter have yet to accompany him in Newcastle.
This is what Joelinton said in the Sun about learning the language and his hopes of soon bringing his girlfriend and daughter to Newcastle:
“I need to learn English to improve my communication with other players.
“I think it is really important to speak the language so you can express yourself better. I like to chat to everybody and listen to those around me.
“We’re looking at ways for them to come and join me here as it’s very important for me. I really miss them.
“It’s good to come on your own at first in order to find an apartment and focus on the club and get to know your team-mates.
“I’m a very relaxed guy and wherever I’ve been before, I have always looked to make friends quickly.
“But once I am more settled in the city, my family being here will help me a lot.”
We sometimes forget of the upheaval that new signings undergo when they uproot and move to a new club. Joelinton’s situation is no different as he has come to a new country while not knowing the language and being separated from his family.
Joelinton– showed promise on Sunday
Joelinton also spoke of the pressure of being this club’s new number 9 and record signing:
“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.”
We saw glimpses of what Joelinton will bring to the attack on Sunday. However, it will be goals that he is judged on. Steve Bruce will have to find out the best way to get Joelinton firing on all cylinders.
The club have gambled that they can get goals from Joelinton this season. In his career, he has averaged about 1 goal every 4 games. He will have to improve on that strike rate if Newcastle are going to have a chance this season.
However, he was often played in a deeper role at prior clubs so he will have to adapt to now leading the line. It will take some time but he has the ability and physicality to make that the adjustment.