Despite a difficult first season at St James’ Park, Joelinton is still dreaming of achieving big things with Newcastle United.
During his latest interview with the Brazilian media, the £40m forward revealed that he “dreams” of becoming a Premier League champion in black and white – also hoping he can help guide the club into Europe one day.
Speaking to Jornal do Commercio, here’s what he had to say about his hopes and dreams on Tyneside:
“I’m at a good club, disputing the best league in the world, where the best teams, players, coaches are.
“But it all comes together with pressure to have been the most expensive signing of the club, I know my goals and challenges and I always try to do my best, because that’s how I got here and I will continue with this mentality because only then will things go right.”
“I have many dreams, but the dream of being a Premier League champion, of reaching an international competition with Newcastle.
“We know it’s not easy, but we have to fight and do our best.”
As he states above, his first mission is coping with the pressure of being the club’s most expensive signing – something Allan Saint-Maximin has urged fans to understand given he’s also adapting to a new league, team and country.
Here’s what the Frenchman told beIN SPORTS when asked about Joelinton, admitting the judgements that arrive from a lack of goals can “kill” a players confidence:
“I think for Joelinton and even for me and for Miggy Almiron, too, it’s difficult because we’re not from England,”
“I did everything in France, Joelinton played a lot in Germany and Miggy played in the States. That’s why it’s a little bit difficult.
“Everyone needs maybe one year of an adaptation. That’s why Miggy took time to score but after the first goal, he felt better and he started to score again and again.
“I hope it will be the same for Joelinton because sometimes I know when you’re a striker and you come for a lot of money, everyone wants you to score but sometimes it’s not easy because you can get one action in a game or two and you have to score.
“If you don’t score, you have a lot of people judge you and this can sometimes kill your confidence.
“That’s why we want to stay with Joelinton and I try to do my best for him and Miggy’s the same because we are together. We train every day together.
“I love my partners and I hope they love me too and we want to do the best for everyone to score.”
With the Brazilian scoring in each of our last two training matches, we’ll have to hope he can come back from the break a new player – for the sake of both his confidence levels and our Premier League status.
Winning a Premier League title may seem a million miles away right now, but he can soon turn it around on Tyneside and kickstart his career in black and white if he can start finding the net over our final nine games or inspire us to FA Cup glory.
Let’s get behind him.