Turkish side Fenerbahçe have reportedly offered an escape-route for Newcastle’s under-performing striker Joelinton, according to The Shields Gazette.
The Brazilian joined The Magpies from Hoffenheim for a club record fee of £40 million last July, almost twice the amount that the club have forked out on any other player (Miguel Almirón at £21 million).
However, the move is yet to pay dividends. His meager return of four goals and four assists from 44 appearances across all competitions for The Toon in his debut season last campaign, has simply not been good enough and certainly not worth the billing.
Having reportedly been stripped of the legendary number nine shirt (once adorned by Alan Shearer), in favour of new signing Callum Wilson, Joelinton has seemingly lost the patience and trust of his manager Steve Bruce, who utilised the Brazilian in wider areas towards the latter stages of the campaign.
The 24 year-old’s future as a centre-forward appears to be in jeopardy at St. James’ Park, but a move to Fenerbahçe may provide the perfect outlet for both parties.
No joy for Joelinton
The Brazilian has looked a shadow of the player he was in Hoffenheim, where he scored 11 times and provided nine assists in 36 games overall. He was directly involved in 14 goals from 29 Bundesliga appearances, including seven goals and seven assists respectively.
He has shown glimpses of his ability, however, making instinctive runs forward and pressing opposition players high up the pitch.
There is no question of his work-rate, but it is his lack of conviction in the decisive moments that cause frustration. Overall, he missed eight guilt-edged chances last term, according to the Premier League‘s statistics.
His first competitive goal for the side was the winner against Tottenham Hotspur, in what was his third league start.
He went almost five months before scoring his second goal in their third round FA Cup replay against Rochdale, a 4-1 win. He grabbed a goal and an assist in the following round’s replay against Oxford United.
Joelinton completed his season’s league goal-tally with the third goal in a 3-0 win over Sheffield United in June, almost ten months after scoring his first of the campaign, albeit in a season blighted by postponements caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Could Joelinton go?
It remains to be seen whether Joelinton will play any part in Bruce’s plans for the upcoming campaign.
With the injury concerns regarding new arrival Wilson, the 24 year-old may provide strength in numbers, but will he be able to provide the goals?
Offloading the Brazilian could free up potential funds for the club, which could be spent on alternative forward options, should Wilson get injured.
However, the forward will be eager to prove his doubters wrong and show the club why the invested so heavily in him, so it remains to be seen whether Joelinton will embrace a move to Fenerbahçe.
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