Newcastle striker Callum Wilson believes there’s extra pressure on teammate Joelinton. He feels he wears a ‘heavy number’.
Callum Wilson arrived at Newcastle United this season to make up for the struggling Joelinton. The Brazilian arrived last season for a club-record fee but scored just twice in 38 Premier League games.
Wilson, in comparison, has doubled that tally in his first four games and he discussed his new teammate on Tuesday.
Speaking with the Chronicle, Wilson believes Joelinton is under more pressure than most players.
“There can be a lot of talk about individual numbers at the club,” he said. “It can add pressure to players who don’t necessarily need it. I think Joe has experienced that last season.
“It is quite a heavy number given the great careers some have had.”
Joelinton wears the no.9, of course. It’s the biggest number at the club, principally for the legacy of Alan Shearer, the club’s most iconic player and record scorer.
Wilson does go on to say that he would have taken that number ‘with both hands’ if it were free. But as things stand, he clearly feels that it does weigh Joelinton down.
It’s an interesting one. From a fan’s point of view, you can’t see how a number would make that much of a difference. But Wilson would certainly know better than us, as an England international with 45 Premier League goals to his name.
And if he can see the weight to it, there must be something in this. Although, from our perspective, the pressure is far from the only reason Joelinton has struggled to succeed at Newcastle.