Should Newcastle United Seek to offload Joelinton?
Newcastle United fans have been extremely vocal in their desire for the club to get rid of Brazilian striker Joelinton. The 23-year-old has been one of the biggest flops in St James’ Park history, and only managed to bag one goal in his first 21 league appearances. After his grievous error led to the Rochdale goal in the FA Cup and forced a replay, Steve Bruce has been called upon to replace him during the January transfer window. But with the club having spent £40 million on the out-of-sorts striker last summer, it seems unlikely that they would be able to recoup those funds now.
Joelinton became the Magpies’ record signing when he joined the Premier League outfit in July from Hoffenheim. Even at the time, the deal seemed to be obscure. The towering centre-forward was hardly the finished product and had been sent out on loan by the German club to play for Rapid Wien in the Austrian Bundesliga between 2016 and 2018. During his time with the Green-Whites, Joelinton notched 21 goals in 79 showings. With Hoffenheim, he managed 11 in 36 appearances.
Back in the summer, when Rafa Benitez was still in the hot seat, the Spaniard had expressed a desire to re-sign Salomon Rondon. The Venezuelan had a successful loan spell at St James’ Park and was accustomed to the league. But Mike Ashley supposedly didn’t want to shell out on a striker who was about to turn thirty, despite the fact that he had proven to be an instrumental cog in the side’s survival the previous season.
This dispute, among other varied problems, ultimately led to the departure of Benitez. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager ended up getting his man in the end, though. The 59-year-old became manager of Dalian Yifang in the summer and brought in Rondon from West Brom to serve as the spearhead of his attack. Despite losing the veteran striker, the Baggies are faring well in the Championship this term. Indeed, they can be backed at 1/7 in the Championship betting to achieve promotion. It's a shame that the same can't be said for Newcastle, who have been lost without Rondon.
Hoffenheim will have looked at Joelinton’s performances on Tyneside and realised that they struck an extremely good deal offloading the player at that price. With only one goal to his name in a black and white shirt so far, there is no way that any club would pay that much for the Brazilian now. Therefore, it seems likely that the striker will stay at Newcastle.
The question is, where does Joelinton rate on the scale of terrible Tyneside signings? As it stands, the situation doesn’t look great. But Joelinton does have some time to try to live up to his price tag. One player who will go down in history as a huge flop was Jean Alain Boumsong, a player accused of being “unable to kick a ball.” Michael Owen would be up there as well. The £17 million signing was injured constantly and only scored 26 goals in 71 appearances. This was a terrible ROI for his price back in those days.