Joelinton reveals how he will deal with No9 pressure at Newcastle United

Joelinton says he’ll be his own man at Newcastle United.

Tuesday, 13th August 2019, 6:45 am
Joelinton. (Pic: Stephen Dobson)
Joelinton. (Pic: Stephen Dobson)

The striker – who made his Premier League debut in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal – took the No9 shirt at the club after joining from Hoffenheim last month in a deal worth up to £40million.

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Asked about the pressure that comes with the jersey, the 22-year-old said: “It’s normal for everyone to ask about it and make comparison, adding to the pressure.

“I’m relaxed about it. I hope to have a great season and score a lot of goals. If I score a lot of goals, maybe there won’t be as many questions about the No9 shirt. I’m not here to take over from anybody. I just hope to contribute to this club, its history and bring joy to the fans.”

Joelinton netted twice in pre-season for Steve Bruce's side, who take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.