Joelinton has admitted that he doesn’t care where he plays, as long as he can help Newcastle United.
In an interview with the club’s official website, the Brazilian discussed the returning Andy Carroll and how it might impact his role in Steve Bruce’s side.
“Last season at Hoffenheim I played with another number nine, and I can also move position if the coach asks me,” he said.
“It’s the coach’s choice if he wants to be playing with one or two up top; if he wants there to be two, then that’s fine.
“I just want to help Newcastle out – be it playing as a number nine or a number 10, dropping a bit further back. I always just want to help the team and give my all on the pitch, and try and make that lead to a win. I’m here to help in whatever position I have to play in.”
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With Andy Carroll limited to playing up front, news of Joelinton’s versatility will be music to Bruce’s ears. The manager might be tempted to play them together at some point down the line, and Joelinton is clearly up for it.
During his Hoffenheim days, he played a similar role. He’s a very creative striker and gets the best out of those around him, but doesn’t have a real goalscorer’s instinct. But Joelinton playing a supporting role to Carroll might get the best out of the pair.
As things stand, the club record signing has been a lonely figure up top, with no real option on the bench to help him out. This should change against Brighton though.
This is good and bad news for Joelinton. On the one hand, he doesn’t have to do it all on his own now. On the other, he has someone gunning for his place in the side. But the 23-year-old’s willingness to play elsewhere to accommodate Carroll shows he wants to put the team first.