How Joelinton reacted to being handed the Newcastle United number nine shirt

Steve Bruce has revealed how Joelinton reacted to be handed the number nine shirt at Newcastle United – as the club’s record signing prepares to don the famous jersey.

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, 6:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, 6:18 pm
How Joelinton reacted to taking the Newcastle United number nine shirt

The Brazilian has penned a six-year deal at St James’s Park after completing a move from Hoffenheim, believed to be in the region of £35million.

And he has been handed the famous number nine shirt at St James’s Park – following in the footsteps of a number of club legends.

Yet while some would feel the pressure, Bruce has revealed that the 22-year-old is keen to embrace the expectation.

“He’s learned the history and wanted it, and that’s always a big shirt to fill,” said Bruce.

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“But in his eyes, it was ‘bring it on – it’s what I’m here for’. He’s risen to that challenge, and I’m sure he will be a big, big favourite of the supporters.”