Date: 24th July 2019 at 3:05pm
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Newcastle United yesterday completed the record signing of Joelinton from Hoffenheim – with the striker joining for a fee of around £40m.

This has nearly doubled the club’s previous transfer record of £21m for Miguel Almiron, and the player has taken the number nine shirt – as he looks to replace the goal contributions of Salomon Rondon.

Rondon has joined Newcastle’s former boss Rafael Benitez at Dalian Yifang in China and Newcastle have decided to replace Rondon with Joelinton.

The 22-year-old certainly fits the Rondon mould – he is big, strong, and athletic.

The former Recife man, however, also has a good touch and is technically superb – so Newcastle are getting more than a target man.

Joelinton often tries to dribble his way past opponents rather than hold the ball up, and that can be seen in his average of five dribble attempts per game – while Rondon only averaged 2.35.

Last season for Hoffenheim Joelinton played on the left and right as well as upfront – so he is a versatile attacking player.

However, the fact he has taken the number nine shirt would suggest that he will be Newcastle’s main striker and handing the player a six-year deal implies they probably want to keep him for a long time.

Last season Joelinton scored 11 goals, in all competitions, and recorded nine assists – compare this with Rondon who scored 12 goals and provided seven assists.

Similar numbers the main difference, however, was the number of league goals – Rondon scored 11 while Joelinton only scored seven.

This could be considered a worry but at such a young age he has time to develop – the natural attributes are all there, he just needs to prove that he can score consistently in a top league.

The signing of Joelinton has overall, gone down well with a lot of Newcastle fans and he has all the characteristics to be a top-class Rondon replacement.

 

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