Joelinton ready to honour Newcastle’s number nine

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Brazilian forward Joelinton is ready to step up to the challenge of honouring Newcastle's number nine shirt following his club-record transfer.

Brazilian forward Joelinton is ready to step up to the challenge of honouring Newcastle’s number nine shirt following his club-record transfer.

The 22-year-old has agreed a six-year deal after leaving Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for St James’ Park in a deal reported to be worth up to £40million.

The Brazilian scored 11 goals in 35 appearances for the German club last season and becomes the first signing since Steve Bruce was appointed Newcastle boss.

The arrival of the 6ft 1ins forward will help offset the departures of Ayoze Perez and Joselu, and the youngster cannot wait to get started.

Joelinton knows he will carry a weight of expectation, but is ready to meet the challenges head on.

‘I know it (the number nine shirt) is a huge responsibility, the great Alan Shearer, the team’s biggest idol.

I know it is a big responsibility, but I’m prepared,’ the Brazilian said to NUFCTV.

‘I know that everybody at the club has faith in me having brought me here today.

I hope to contribute on the pitch.

I’m happy and prepared.

‘Rest assured there’ll be no shortage of desire and dedication to score lots of goals and honour the number nine shirt.’

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