Joelinton opens up on his relationship with Newcastle United's fans and Steve Bruce

Joelinton has reflected on his start in English football ahead of the Premier League’s restart.

The Newcastle United striker, signed for £40million last summer, scored in a practice match at the weekend.

Joelinton had a challenging first few months on Tyneside following his move from Hoffenheim.

However, the 23-year-old Brazilian – who has spoken warmly about head coach Steve Bruce – feels he is improving at the club, which is 13th in the league ahead of next week’s restart following a lengthy hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Joelinton.

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“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 on this footing ... only then will things go right,” Joelinton told Jornal do Commercio.

“The Premier League is a very difficult championship, with very high level players, and I knew that the difficulties would arise, but it’s all about work, dedication and commitment, to succeed here. I think that, unlike Germany, English football has more physical contact, and that increases the level of difficulty for the attacker to face defenders.

“I have a great relationship with Steve Bruce, he always challenges me a lot in training, gives me confidence, always wanting everyone’s evolution.

“The fans have a great affection for me, but there is always a challenge also when things don’t happen, as there is in any club.

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“I have many dreams ... the dream of being a Premier League champion, of reaching international competition with Newcastle.”