Joelinton has come out of his shell a bit since Project Restart has kicked off. The Brazilian didn’t do much talking before this season was suspended. But he’s come out and done a couple of interviews with an outlet in his native Brazil as well as locally.
During both of those interviews, Joelinton expressed his determination to make it at Newcastle after the tepid start to his career on Tyneside. He spoke about how hard he is working every day to improve his game and, hopefully, start scoring some goals.
Sport Witness have published comments from another interview that Joelinton has given. This time he spoke to Jornal do Commercio, which is another Brazilian outlet.
In his latest interview, the 23-year-old touches on how his stint in Germany has helped him both personally and professionally. He also goes on to talk about the start to his Newcastle career.
Here is some of what he had to say:
“The time I spent in Germany was very good for me because I learned a lot from them. The way to work, to live, and today I feel better in all ways, both on and off the pitch, as a human being, father and athlete.
“I’m at a good club, disputing the best league in the world, where the best teams, players, coaches are.
“But it all comes together with pressure to have been the most expensive signing of the club, I know my goals and challenges and I always try to do my best, because that’s how I got here and I will continue with this mentality because only then will things go right.”
We are interested to see how Joelinton does in the remaining games of this season. We’re hoping that the few months away will have given him a chance to reset and refind his passion for football.
He didn’t look like a player who was enjoying his football for much of this season. A lot of that had to do with the tactics deployed by Steve Bruce, where Joelinton was far too isolated.
Though he also struggled with playing as a number nine, a role he didn’t feature in too often at Hoffenheim.
The Chronicle has some comments from former Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand, who knew about Joelinton when he played in the Bundesliga.
Ferdinand, currently the director of football at QPR, spoke about Joelinton’s different roles in Germany compared to the lone striker one he’s primarily played in at Newcastle.
This is what Les had to say:
“I kind of knew Joelinton before he went to Newcastle. Part of my job is to look at players around the world and although we couldn’t afford him, certain players come to light and I had done some stuff with Hoffenheim and I knew their director of football [Alexander Rosen] quite well and had spoken to him.
“I had seen Joelinton play on a few occasions. I don’t see him as a traditional No 9. When I’ve seen him play his best football, he’s what I call a modern day center-forward who can play left, right, and through the center.
“He actually prefers playing left and right than he does through the center but when you’ve got someone of his ilk, stature, and size, everyone expects him to be that No 9 in a traditional sense of what a No 9 used to be like at Newcastle United so I don’t know if that will change for him in him learning that position but to be a No 9 in the way that they want him to be a No 9, he needs to learn that position. I’m not quite sure that’s how he wants to play.”
When Steve Bruce moved to a back four and added another attacker in the draw against Burnley, Joelinton played on the left. He reverted back to striker in the FA Cup win at West Brom and played very well.
Then against Southampton, our last game before the season was suspended, the Brazilian came on as a 60th-minute substitute for Matt Ritchie on the right-wing. So Bruce was moving Joelinton around trying to find that magical spot where he could get the best out of our record signing.
We’ll find out in less than two weeks where Bruce will play Joe when we take on Sheffield United at St James Park. Hopefully, we’ll see a rejuvenated player on the way to making his Newcastle career a success.