Joelinton has been speaking to The Telegraph recently about all things Newcastle, including his relationship with Steve Bruce, his frustrating form last season and also the arrival of Callum Wilson.
Specifically, the Brazilian had some interesting words to share on the latter topic.
Naturally, when a new striker arrives at a club, a bit of competitiveness may kick in and the existing strikers could feel threatened.
However, in Joelinton’s case, he seems delighted that Newcastle moved to sign the £20 million man from Bournemouth.
The ex-Hoffenheim striker said: ‘Callum Wilson coming in is very welcome. He can play as the front striker and I like to drop into space in behind. I want to score more goals, but I am looking forward to good, positive things ahead. I think it is bringing out the best in me.’
It is good to hear Joelinton speak positively about the England international’s arrival, and his comments go some way to confirming an opinion of ours which we published shortly after Wilson signed.
We detailed how having an out-and-out striker will help take the goalscoring burden away from our No.9 and will allow him to focus on what he’s good at. Judging by his comments, the ex-Coventry striker’s presence is doing just that.
It is pleasing to hear this. Joelinton – despite his price tag – has never been a goal machine, scoring just seven Bundesliga goals in the 2018/19 campaign before he arrived at St James’ Park.
Wilson’s arrival could’ve dented his confidence even more and affected the Brazilian’s already underwhelming form, so it’s fantastic to hear that it’s had the opposite impact on the 24-year-old.