Friday, September 29, 2023

Joelinton explains his love for Newcastle fans and ‘great guy’ Eddie Howe as he eyes huge result against Manchester City

Newcastle star Joelinton has revealed how important it is for himself and his fellow teammates to maintain a strong connection with their fans.

He has also expressed his delight of now playing in midfield ahead of their clash against Manchester City this weekend, live on talkSPORT.

Joelinton has certainly felt the love of fans at NewcastleGetty

He even features on one supporter’s Hawaiian shirtGetty

Following four years at German side Hoffenheim, Joelinton signed for the Magpies in 2019 for a then club record fee of £40million.

The Brazilian international has since become a fan favourite at St. James’ Park given his immense efforts for the side.

Joelinton was part of a Newcastle squad last season that finished 4th in the Premier League, which secured Champions League football,

Fans have not been shy to show their love for the 27-year-old and he feels it’s crucial for the feelings to be mutual.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, he said: “I think it’s important for everyone that the players feel the love of the fans and they feel our love as well.

“Spend time with them, show how we love the club as well, this is very important and I’m very pleased to be here.”

During their pre-season tour in the United States, Joelinton took the time to get involved with fans at an elementary school in New Jersey.

He was spotted having a kick-about with young supporters, and these appearances can certainly strengthen such a bond.

Joelinton got stuck in with fans statesideGetty

“I just try to enjoy the moment and make them happy as well,” he added when asked about playing football with fans.

Joelinton arrived at Newcastle as a striker but scored just four goals in 44 appearances in his debut season.

Eddie Howe’s arrival as boss in November 2021 saw him unusually shift into midfield, but it’s a decision that has paid off massively.

“I think the change of position helped me show my qualities as a player,” said the 27-year-old.

Those at St. James’ Park will be hoping he stays as long as possibleGetty

Haaland and co. are up next for the Magpies, but Joelinton is confidentGetty

“I think the team grow as well, many players are playing better because we have a very good coach, a great coach, a great guy who helps us everyday to try and improve us. I’m very happy to be in midfield now.”

Joelinton starred in Newcastle’s 5-1 win against Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.

Next up is a test against reigning champions City who cruised to a 3-0 win over Burnley last Friday.

“Everyone knows the quality of City, they have the title from last season,” said Joelinton on the newly crowned Super Cup winners.

“It’s going to be a great challenge, a difficult place to go but we are confident. We know what we have to do and yes, enjoy the game.”

You can listen Man City vs Newcastle on Saturday night at 8pm, live and exclusive on talkSPORT.

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