It goes without saying that the number nine shirt means a great deal to the St James’ Park faithful.
The number – made iconic by the likes of Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer – signals a huge show of faith in a Magpies striker should they be handed the jersey. That is why this update from The Athletic’s David Ornstein is significant.
Ornstein reports that Joelinton – our club-record signing at £40 million – has been stripped of the famous shirt, and it has now been handed to Callum Wilson who arrives from Bournemouth in a £20 million deal.
The news should come as a real blow to the Brazilian forward, who already endured enough hardships during his debut campaign on Tyneside after scoring just two Premier League goals in 38 outings.
However, it may also inadvertently come as a blessing to the ex-Hoffenheim forward, given the huge pressure that comes with donning the iconic number nine shirt.
Wilson does seem a natural fit for such a role, appearing to be more of an out-and-out goalscorer compared to Joelinton – he has netted 91 goals for Tamworth, Coventry and Bournemouth, whereas the £40 million man only has 39 career goals to date.
It is a switch that may impact the Brazilian’s morale – we can only wait and see how it affects him, but it’s hard not to feel sympathy for the attacker.
Newcastle fans discuss Joelinton & Callum Wilson update
feel bad for Joey man
— Tom Burnard (@TBurnard) September 7, 2020
Hopefully give joelinton a bit of freedom think there’s been too much pressure put on him because of fee and being given the number 9
— Crozier_nufc (@paulcrozier7ho1) September 7, 2020
Poor Joelinton losing the No.9 shirt
Have we ever had a player stripped of the No.9 shirt during his time here? I can’t remember it ever happening #NUFC
— Dell 💦 (@agbnufc) September 7, 2020
Can’t recall, but I actually think Joelinton will be breathing a sigh of relief….Cal just looks and acts with confidence and swagger that Joelinton has never had…Wilson is just hungry for it!!👍👍👍
— Gerry Siou (@GerardSiou) September 7, 2020
He is better off without it !! https://t.co/GETlb11D6T
— Shirley Heatley (@HeatleyShirley) September 7, 2020
— Sean (@seaned75) September 7, 2020
— Steve Tough (@SteTough) September 7, 2020
— ollie (@holst24) September 7, 2020