Magpies new boy hails influence of Steve Bruce

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Newcastle new boy Joelinton has praised Steve Bruce and says the Magpies boss has already made a big impression on him.

Newcastle new boy Joelinton has praised Steve Bruce and says the Magpies boss has already made a big impression on him.

The 22-year-old Brazilian became Newcastle’s most expensive player this week when he completed a reported £40million move from Hoffenheim by signing a six-year deal.

Joelinton said Newcastle had tried to sign him in January and that it made no difference Rafael Benitez had since been replaced by Bruce, who has already made a big impression on the striker.

‘He’s a great guy and that father-style is not just with me, it’s with the entire squad,’ Joelinton said.

‘But he’s also very demanding on the pitch.

I saw that in the first training session.

Training is very intense and I like that, that’s important.

‘Off the pitch as well, he talks to all the players and I think that relationship is really important.

‘ Meanwhile, the player is also ready to live up to the high expectations of the Newcastle fans.

‘I think it’s normal for fans, but I believe they are behind us and I hope I can make them happy this season,’ he added.

‘I’m also very happy that my transfer has brought some joy to them and hopefully I’ll increase that happiness with every game.’

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