Newcastle United forward Joelinton has revealed that he shared the same frustration of the Magpies’ supporters with his performances last term, while outlining his intent to continue recent improvements.
Newcastle brought the Brazilian into St. James’ Park in a club-record £40 million deal last summer. The hope was that the forward would come in and add some attacking spark to their forward line. However, things did not work out for the 24-year-old in his debut campaign.
Joelinton showing signs of recovery in more natural role
Last season Steve Bruce often had Joelinton playing up front on his own in an isolated role, and that saw the Magpies fail to get anything like the best out of him. The Brazilian managed to register just two league goals all season and averaged just one shot per game. He also missed eight big chances in the final third (via Sofascore).
Bruce looked to rectify that in the summer bringing in Callum Wilson from Bournemouth. The arrival of the England international has helped Joelinton become freer and to play in a more natural supporting role to the main goal scorer. The Brazilian as a result has been able to influence the game a lot more.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Joelinton outlined his acknowledgement of the frustrations supporters felt with his performances in his debut campaign. While he also remained insistent that he can move on from that and build on the early promise shown so far this season.
He said: “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.”
“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.”
Joelinton did have moments last season where he produced moments of quality in possession, but those were far too fleeting. Indeed, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp even labelled the forward as ‘outstanding’ when Newcastle lost 3-1 at Anfield last term. There are signs he can get back to his best more consistently now.
Playing deeper behind Wilson will enable him to get on the ball more and look to influence the game. When he was at Hoffenheim he was used as more of a false number nine bringing those around him into the game. Bruce has now put him in a position where he can do the same for the Magpies and he must start to deliver week in week out.
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