Date: 17th July 2019 at 5:36pm
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Newcastle United have announced Steve Bruce as their new head coach, and he has joined on a three-year deal with an unenviable task ahead of him – as he faces a mountain of backlash from a lot of Newcastle fans.

He should at least have a new striker soon with Hoffenheim confirming that Joelinton is in discussions with a Premier League club – though Newcastle are not named media outlets seem to believe that he is on his way to Tyneside and will cost a club-record fee.

Newcastle have extensively scouted the 22-year-old, and it looks like Mike Ashley has given the go-ahead for Newcastle to break their transfer record for the second time in six months. The move, however, will still not appease some fans as they will not be satisfied until Ashley leaves the club.

Joelinton though would arrive as Salomon Rondon’s replacement; he is 6’1’’ and powerfully built – exactly like Rondon is.

In terms of goals and assists, they both recorded a similar number to each other last year – Rondon scored 12 goals and provided seven assists while Joelinton scored 11 and provided nine assists.

Of course, this alone does not make him the perfect replacement for Rondon, but for a side like Newcastle that will probably not have a lot of the ball this season, they need someone who can win headers and hold the ball up and Joelinton is more versatile than Rondon having played on the left and the right, but he should be able to play the same role the Venezuelan did.

The 22-year-old only broke through for Hoffenheim last year but made a big impression on the side, and that is why they are demanding such a high fee.

After a good breakthrough year in Germany, a move to the Premier League is a risk – especially to a club in as much turmoil as Newcastle, but if he starts well, then he could become a hero on Tyneside.

 

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