“I was very much surprised by what happened but we will back him and support him, while educating him and helping him at this moment. I think that’s very important because he’s very young and everyone makes mistakes. It’s important that we don’t overreact.”
Joelinton rose through the ranks with Sport Recife in his home country of Brazil but made his first foray into European football as a teenager, when he was snapped up by Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim. A fruitful two-year loan spell with Rapid Wien and a long-awaited breakthrough in Germany encouraged Newcastle to part with what, at the time, was a club-record transfer fee.