Joelinton has told Goal’s Brazilian outlet that he is determined to improve on his difficult first season in English football with Newcasrle United – and Toon supporters have defended their club-record signing.
The 23-year-old was handed the iconic number nine shirt at Newcastle last summer after a huge £40million (Guardian) move from Hoffenheim. But after 29 Premier League outings this season, he has scored only one goal.
It is another blot on the book of Lee Charnley, who pushed for the signing despite Rafa Benitez’s concerns. Given that Joelinton was a left winger at Hoffenheim, it is hardly a surprise that he has struggled in his first Premier League campaign up front.
However, there have been glimpses of quality. His form in the FA Cup – albeit against lesser opposition – has caught the eye, scoring twice and laying on two assists in five games. He commented on his first season, discussing his bad form.
“For any striker, going a while without scoring is bad, it leaves us with great anxiety,” Joelinton said. “But I think it’s part of this beginning of trajectory 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. We always have to improve. It’s a league with great teams, excellent players and coaches. The level is very high. I’m prepared for this.”
Newcastle’s reportedly imminent takeover could see Joelinton lose his place in the team, with a whole host of attacking talent linked with the club. Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuain have both been suggested as striker targets.
Newcastle supporters have reacted on Twitter to Joelinton’s comments and although the striker has come in for plenty of criticism, many have defended their South American forward – even though his lack of goals is evident.
Wasn’t his fault we brought him for £40 million i for one will support any #NUFC player with my 100% backing, I’ve never booed our own players and won’t start now , if a player is happy to be here then I’m happy to have them 👍🏻
— newcastle kerr (@jokerrnewcastle) May 29, 2020
I still have hopes for him, he has the technical ability, strength and pace to succeed in a more expansive team and not as a #9
— Pete (@GallowgatePete) May 29, 2020
We've been too blessed with quality strikers like Ferdinand, Shearer, Ba, Cisse, Remy etc, & our expectations as fans can weigh a few tonnes on a young player's shoulders before they even walk out on the pitch. With a better manager when the takeover happens, he'll come good
— Alan Khaw (@alankhaw) May 29, 2020
Under a different manger and tactics we just might see the best of him !!
— stuart robson (@stuart_robson) May 29, 2020
I've been saying since beginning of the season hes a Perez replacement, we still haven't got that number 9 yet! Huge pressure on young shoulders! He will come good with the right players and right system
— Ross Fellows (@RossFellows2) May 29, 2020
In joe we trust ⚫⚪🔥
— Jack (@jchaytor16) May 29, 2020
Let’s hope he has benefitted from the break and he even may benefit from the lack of a big crowd during coming weeks
— Paul G (@Garf0412) May 29, 2020
Give him Pochetino and he will come good
— Sam Walsh (@sam_w_182) May 29, 2020