After years of underinvestment in the squad, Newcastle found some money to spend this summer following the departure of Rafa Benitez.
Joelinton was the most expensive, the new club record signing and, according to the Chronicle, he is also the highest earner at St James’ Park too.
With the second international break of the season now upon us, it seems an opportune time to assess Newcastle’s summer business and with Steve Bruce (Shields Gazette) saying that the spotlight is on Joelinton, we’ve taken a closer look at his spell at the club so far.
What’s the background?
Salomon Rondon was the striker the Newcastle fans really wanted to see bought this summer. But Mike Ashley’s policy on older players meant that he was willing to spend more money to land the younger Joelinton instead.
BBC reported at the time he cost £40 million and signed a six-year deal with the club. That means he could either be the club’s number nine for years to come or get sold off for a higher fee if he proves a hit in England.
How’s he looked so far?
Joelinton has just one goal from his eight Premier League appearances so far, the winning strike in the shock 1-0 victory over Tottenham in August.
He looks raw, and at times has been dominated physically by top flight defenders in a Newcastle side which have left him badly isolated.
The Brazilian does add pace and dynamism to the attack, working his socks off to drag Manchester United out of position on Sunday, but there is still plenty to be improved on.
Does Joelinton look like a £40 million striker so far? The brutal answer is no, and on that basis, he’s been a miss so far.
But it does need pointing out that he is adjusting to English football in a side which has not played well for large swathes of the season, limiting his service and chances.
If Allan Saint-Maximin can share some of the creative burden on the Brazilian, that would help, but Joelinton needs to improve to justify the price tag.