Steve Bruce reveals what he's working on with Joelinton at Newcastle United
Newcastle United’s Joelinton isn’t your average striker.
Joelinton signed for £40million from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2019, took his Premier League goal tally for the season to three with a strike in last weekend’s 3-2 win over West Ham United.
Joelinton’s goal helped the relegation-threatened club edge towards Premier League safety.
However, Joelinton – who has spoken about some “difficult moments" at the club ahead of tomorrow’s game against Liverpool at Anfield – still isn’t “selfish” enough in front of goal, according to Steve Bruce.
“I’m delighted for Joe – he’s got two in two (at home),” said United’s head coach.
“Look, as a striker, and rightly so, you’re always judged by goals. He’s a wonderful team player. He trains every day. Physically, he works hard. You can never question his attitude or commitment to the cause
"Of course, though, he has to get that selfish streak that a striker needs. Striker’s usually have one thing on their mind, and if they don’t score, they’re not happy. Joe hasn’t got that. He’s a team player. That’s the way he is.
"He has to adapt to that. Thankfully, he’s got a couple in the last couple of games, so let’s hope that continues.”
Joelinton, for his part, is looking to be more “consistent” up front.
“I think with things in general, and the effect upon football, means I’ve had some difficult moments and good times as well,” said the 24-year-old, who is under contract at St James’s Park until 2025.
"I hope to be consistent across future seasons, as this makes you more confident and happier in your life off the pitch, so I hope things work out on the pitch to improve life with my family and friends off it.”
Joelinton is grateful for the welcome he has received on Tyneside.
"As I’ve always said, I’m happy here – I’ve been made to feel so welcome since I arrived,” said Joelinton. "I hope to keep going and have better seasons ahead, as I’ve always been so well received here, and I’d like to repay all this faith and affection I’ve had since I got here.”