‘I hope to make them happy this season’: Newcastle’s record signing Joelinton insists he will lift the gloom on Tyneside with his performances
- Joelinton completed record £40million transfer to Newcastle from Hoffenheim
- Move comes amid anger from fans over appointment of Steve Bruce as boss
- The new No 9 insisted he was happy to do his talking on the football pitch
Newcastle record signing Joelinton says he is aware of the unrest on Tyneside but has vowed to make supporters happy after arriving for £40million.
Fans are threatening to boycott the opening game against Arsenal in protest against Mike Ashley’s running of the club.
The addition of Joelinton has lifted morale among some supporters – who remain upset at the loss of Rafa Benitez and appointment of Steve Bruce – and the Brazilian said: ‘I am aware of the discontent. I’ve seen comments but it’s normal, as fans want success and to win a trophy.
Joelinton has joined Newcastle from Hoffenheim in a record £40million transfer
‘I hope to make them happy this season and I’m happy my transfer has brought some joy to them. Newcastle have ambition, like I have ambition, and we hope to meet them.
‘I am happy to be here and wear the No 9 – a tremendous show of faith and trust. I am relaxed about it and I look to honour the shirt, help my team-mates on the pitch and meet our objectives together.’
Joelinton scored seven times in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim last season and could have joined Newcastle in January, even though Benitez had reservations about the price tag.
The Brazilian called Steve Bruce a ‘father figure’ and wanted to prove himself to supporters
But the 22-year-old is relieved the move, led by recruitment chief Steve Nickson, has finally gone through.
‘Newcastle made a bid in January, rejected by Hoffenheim, ‘ he explained. ‘But it’s my dream to be in the Premier League and this is the perfect club for me.
‘I felt normal with I found out Rafa Benitez had left (in June). I had no contact with him and nothing was agreed, so his departure didn’t have any impact on my decision.
‘Now, Steve is a great guy, a father figure for the squad. He demands a lot on the training pitch, very intense and I like that. He talks to the players, and I like that from a coach.’
The new signing revealed he had never spoken to Rafa Benitez about moving to Newcastle
Joelinton is set to make his debut in a friendly at Preston on Saturday, and he added: ‘I bring a lot of fight to the pitch and a lot of emotion – a lot of running and fight.
‘I can hold the ball up and bring others into play, but I don’t like talking about myself, I prefer to show it on the pitch.’
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