Since joining Newcastle United in 2019, Joelinton has made 69 Premier League appearances, scoring six goals and contributing four assists.
The forward got four of those goals last season, adding another two in the EFL Cup. Steve Bruce will be hoping his Brazilian forward can improve on those figures during the current campaign, and Joelinton knows he needs to produce for Newcastle if he’s to get what he really wants.
Speaking to Brazil’s UOL, the 25-year-old was asked about scoring against Big Six clubs, such as Tottenham and Manchester City, and then quizzed whether he feels he’ll join a Big Six club in the future.
Joelinton replied: “It’s a dream. Newcastle is a great club, but they are below those others. I know that to get to this level I need to work harder and make a better season than what I’ve done here. I want to play in the Champions League again, but that just depends on what I do at Newcastle. Things happen very fast in football. I have to keep working, confident, with positive thinking.”
Also asked about how he fits into Bruce’s system for the Magpies, he said: “It has been changing in recent years. In the first season I played very isolated up front, the formation was different, and that hurt me a little bit. Since last season we have been playing with two strikers and that has improved. Steve Bruce knows me well and knows how I like acting. I also know what he likes and I hope to have a great championship.”
A transfer to a Big Six club (UOL didn’t mention which clubs they feel fit that category) is just one of Joelinton’s aims, and he also expressed his desire to one day appear for the Brazil national team. He feels being in the Premier League is the right place to catch attention, and is well aware he must improve his return to be noticed by national manager Tite.