Newcastle’s record signing Joelinton has had a rough start to his career on Tyneside, to say the least. He was brought in from Hoffenheim this past summer and expected to provide the goals to keep Newcastle from a relegation battle.
While he got off the mark in just the third match of the season against Tottenham, he’s managed only two FA Cup goals since.
He’s been the focus of much criticism for his poor performances this season as he’s struggled to adapt to the Premier League and playing as a lone striker.
The 23-year-old has shown few glimpses of the talent that led Newcastle to fork over a reported £40m for him this past summer. However, there does seem to be a player in there somewhere.
The Chronicle have published the following comments the Brazilian made to Goal Brazil in which he talks about his difficult start at Newcastle:
“I think that for any striker, going a while without scoring is bad. It leaves us with great anxiety. But I think it’s the beginning of my journey in English football and I’m not used to being shaken by a bad moment.
“I seek strength to train, improve, and return to the games to score goals and help Newcastle win games. We always have to improve, seek evolution.
“It’s a league with great teams and excellent players and coaches, so the level is very high. I know that I’m prepared for this and I train every day to get better and be ready for the games I play.”
“I don’t usually get involved in rumors, negotiations. This is usually in the hands of the club and my agents so that I can stay focused on my work, on my goals.
“Newcastle were the club that believed in me, who opened the doors of the Premier League for me, and made a big investment in signing me.
“I don’t like to plan the future too much; I prefer to live in the present. Today, I say that I’m very happy here at the club and that I still want to give a lot of joy to the Newcastle fans, having a good Premier League season and, who knows, taking the club into Europe.”
We desperately hope that Joelinton can find his niche and some success at Newcastle. He seems like such a good lad, and he arrived during a very tumultuous period.
However, the future is starting to look much brighter on Tyneside with a potential monumental takeover in the works. It’ll be up to Joelinton to prove he has what it takes to remain at the club.
Hopefully, he can start that process when the league resumes in three weeks.