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Forward Talks About New Start After Season Of Turmoil



We have been buoyed by the recent performances of our record signing Joelinton. After a dreadful start on Tyneside, the Brazilian has looked more confident and comfortable this season.

A lot of that has to do with the signing of Callum Wilson, who will now be our main goalscoring threat. That was a role Joelinton never came to grips with last season.

It was not for a lack of trying as Steve Bruce penciled the forward into his starting eleven in 32 of the first 34 league matches last season, scoring just 2 league goals and four overall.

Joelinton ended up making an appearance in all 38 Premier League games but had lost his place by the time the season came to a close. Dwight Gayle had assumed the number 9 role and Joelinton’s trial by fire of a season came to a close with 4 substitute appearances.

The big man has shown resilience as many fans are pulling for him to salvage his Newcastle career. Bruce has Wilson upfront which has allowed Joelinton to play in wide areas or as a withdrawn striker as he did against Burnley.

After not starting in the opening win at West Ham and the loss to Brighton, Joelinton’s recent performances have seen him slot back into Bruce’s first-team thinking.


After a so-so effort against Blackburn in the second round of the Carabao Cup, Bruce gave Big Joe another shot at Morecambe and he didn’t disappoint with two excellent goals. Joelinton started the next two league matches and also came on as a substitute at Newport County to provide a spark.

The Telegraph has conducted a Zoom interview with Joelinton and he’s opened up about his struggles last season as well as his reasons for optimism this year.

Here is some of what Joelinton had to say through an interpreter:

“This feels like a new start. I sort of want to forget about last season, it wasn’t the best. But I am happy, on and off the pitch. I am feeling confident, too. I’ve been playing well. I have scored some goals and I have helped the team get some wins. I want to keep growing, developing, and learning. If I am here with confidence, it will help the team be successful.

“The whole team helped me get through the tough times. It wasn’t just my team-mates, it was the coaching staff, the whole club really. They were always alongside me, they believed in me, and they provided me with the support I needed not to buckle, the support to keep going.

“My family are always alongside me. Difficulties arise in football – not just in football, but in life and in work. I never gave up. I continued to believe in myself, I continued to work. I have confidence in my potential because I would not have come here if I did not show my true ability previously.”

The whole of the club stuck by Joelinton last season. And it must have been a very hard one for him. He came to a new league in a foreign country and was tasked with providing the goals to keep a club in flux in the league.

It didn’t quite work out as hoped but Joelinton continued to work. Despite some harsh criticism, he’s concentrated on the positives from last year. As he explained in his interview, there were many fans who provided positive support to Joelinton which surely has helped him get off to such a good start this season:

“Football is passion and love and when you are dealing with these feelings it is difficult for people to hold on to their emotions. I understand them a little in terms of their criticism, but as well as critics, I have received a lot of support and help.

“I am the first person to be very critical of myself, I demand a lot from myself and I could feel the same frustration as the fans.

“The way they express it, that is part of being a fan, good and bad. There is a lot of passion here [in Newcastle], but there is also love.

“I prefer to take the positives, of course, but it all helps me. I received a lot of lovely messages from fans too. I save those. My motivation hasn’t changed.

“Outside, around the city, I’ve always had very good interactions with the fans. They have always been very supportive. There has not been a single ugly episode or angry interaction. That shows what the fans of Newcastle are like.”

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40 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #1

    i’m going for 3-1 to the TOON, and it will be my first night as a PIRATE,

    5
  • DaveD1000

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Aaargh!

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3

    *disclaimer,
    That x at the end of my post on previous was a typo

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    hibbit,
    My subs are due on the 20th but I’m not going to get the IPTV off the same lads.

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Simon https://twitter.com/JBDT/status/1317044541552250885

    Thanks for this, Bein Sports11 is where you (usually) find the English games.

    Thanks, that it hands down the best post i’ve seen this year.

    2
  • Darnik

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail
    I think you’ve swapped your happy pants for your pulling pants x 😛

    5
  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Looks like you can also get it for a laptop

    https://www.watched.com/download, use huhu.to under the manager part, and you’re away too

    2
  • Darnik

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #8

    DM you can put it on firesticks too

    0
  • Mund

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail sorry to hear that it must be a ball ache.

    0
  • Darnik

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #10
  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Darnik, I don’t have such a new fangled contraption!

    2
  • Mund

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Chancel

    You don’t necessarily need speed as a number 10. I agree nobody can be certain how effective he can be there unless played there.

    0
  • Mund

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t you lie jail you know you send me lots of xoxoxoxoxo 😉

    2
  • Vask

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Good words from Joelinton.

    As Lobby is out with tonsillitis I’d play Joel behind Wilson and Fraser on the left.

    I think the best position for Lobby is alongside Hayden in the 2 of a 231. He has looked alright as a no.10. I still think Ed’s predicted team would would be better if he swapped JonJo and Sean around.

    1
  • Mund

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #15

    hibbit

    Are you dressing as Blackbeard for the occasion? 😉

    1
  • cyprus

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Oops. This guy has shown more class than some of us… We’re always quick to dismiss our forwards, although to our (disgruntled fans) credit, he did have lots of chances last season.

    We do need to attack in numbers, to help these ones and that should happen more with our two super wingers in form.

    Anyway, whoever is the penalty taker should get 5-10 just from those. Lots more pens with var.

    1
  • Mund

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #17
  • cyprus

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Ones? – Nines.

    0
  • Mund

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #19

    The FSA
    @WeAreTheFSA
    ·
    7h
    The Premier League blame Sky Sports and BT Sports for £14.95 PPV and claim they don’t control the price. The broadcasters say the PL suggested the price. So what is it
    @premierleague

    @btsport

    @SkySports
    ? Do tell…

    And while you’re at it drop the price

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8844729/amp/Premier-League-suggested-controversial-14-95-charge-pay-view-matches-claims-BT-Sport-boss.html?__twitter_impression=true

    1
  • Vask

    Oct 16, 2020 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Cyp

    I’ve always tried to stick by our forwards. I think when it’s not panning out for them, its kind of endearing, frustrating but endearing nonetheless. It was a bad season for Joe last year, and we may have been quick to right him off but I think that is more of a symptom of how society has developed over the last decade or so.

    Sometimes though, some players just aren’t suited to Newcastle, whether the team or the area, some players just become discombobulated.

    2
  • Darnik

    Oct 16, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Dm
    Smart TV?

    0
  • Mund

    Oct 16, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Dubai

    Legend for putting up a laptop link cheers mate

    1
  • Mund

    Oct 16, 2020 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Kinda upset jail doesn’t have all the time on the blog as promised it’s bloody dead on ere 🙁

    0
  • Romford mag

    Oct 16, 2020 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #24
  • JohnReese

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #25

    I really don’t understand the use of deal sheets to give clubs a couple of hours after the deadline to get transfers sorted. It’s not like the deadline has snuck up on us. It’s been clearly marked for months, if you couldn’t get it done before 5, it clearly wasn’t that important.

    2
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #26

    tried that watched on my laptop , downloaded it went to manager its asking for a URL anyone help please

    0
  • Mund

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Tom

    Huhu.to

    0
  • Romford mag

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Huhu.to , I think tom

    0
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #29

    mund tried it mate ,

    dont work did you put a bundle on mate

    0
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #30

    mund sorted it mate cheers …

    0
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #31

    can i put WATCHED on my kodi box …

    0
  • Dondatta13

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #32

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54574522

    Gangsta 1st….

    Just signed for a Sunday league team

    0
  • simon376

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Micky
    Thanks for the info. I got my fire stick sorted on Monday ready for tomorrow so hoping but st least have this as well now. If I can download onto stick even better, but if not at least if I’m laptop download, can plug it in to tv

    1
  • Dondatta13

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #34

    GT… I would think so.

    0
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Mund, true about no.10 and speed, but I was referring to speed in the head when I said slow to turn, I know I was clear as mud with that. I think his head speed and awareness of what’s going on around him isn’t the best. Someone like DeBruyne could be thought of as having similar athleticism, but he has that vision and speed of thought.

    0
  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #36
  • Online Guy

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #37

    For Geordies everywhere.

    https://youtu.be/eEvnoYWWuQ4

    1
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Dondatta…

    cheers mate i’ll try it tomorrow …

    0
  • Dondatta13

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #39

    GT, all credit to Simon for sharing his link tbh…

    I have a service I pay for but always nice to have a backup 😉

    0
  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2020 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Simon many thanks mate …

    0


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