Noel Whelan has slammed striker Joelinton and insisted he can’t deal with the “weight on the shirt” at Newcastle United.

The former Leeds and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, criticised the recruitment of the number nine by saying his failure to score goals in Germany should have set alarm bells ringing.

Joelinton, 23, put pen-to-paper on a six-year-deal on Tyneside this summer in a club-record £40million deal from Hoffenheim.

Since then the Brazilian has only scored twice in 28 appearances with only one goal coming in the Premier League.

When asked for his assessment of the striker’s start at St.James Park, Whelan told Football Insider: “We talk about pressure. I was very skeptical when they brought him in, how he would adapt to the English game.

“You have got to hit the ground running very quickly when you get bought such an amount of money. I am sure Newcastle fans would have expected a lot more goals from him up to this point.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“He was not prolific during his time in Germany. You look at his goalscoring record in a league that is not as strong as the Premier League and if you have not got the goals there – what says you are going to be prolific in the Premier League?

“They have always had great number nines from Andy Cole to Alan Shearer – there is a lot of weight on that shirt. You have got to make sure you do not disappoint.”

During the 2018/19 campaign, Joelinton scored 7 goals in 28 Bundesliga appearances.

The Magpies failed to score for the second game running last weekend as they shared a goalless draw with bottom of the table Norwich City.

In the latest Newcastle United news, Darren Bent reacts as player departs.