According to Northern Echo, Hoffenheim attacker Joelinton is among the players targeted by Newcastle United as they prepare for the potential departure of Dwight Gayle. The former Crystal Palace striker has been linked with a move away from St. James’ Park after a productive campaign with West Bromwich Albion.
As a result, Newcastle have now set their sights on Joelinton, who has emerged as one the most emerging players in the Bundesliga following an excellent campaign with Hoffenheim. However, the report claims that the Brazilian is valued around a hefty £40 million.
Joelinton’s rise to prominence
Joelinton initially moved to Hoffenheim back in 2015 in a £2.5 million move from Sport Recife. But, after failing to make his breakthrough into the senior side, he was loaned out for two years to Rapid Vienna the following summer.
The Brazilian enjoyed two productive seasons in Austria, scoring 21 goals and providing nine assists for the club across all competitions. As a result, he was given a chance to impress by Julian Nagelsmann at the start of the 2018/19 campaign, and he didn’t disappoint either.
Joelinton became a vital asset to the Hoffenheim attack, having been involved in 14 goals in 28 league matches, helping Hoffenheim finish the campaign as the third highest scoring team in the league.
What can Joelinton bring to the table?
Joelinton is advertised as a feisty attacker, who is known for his strength and aggression in the final third. He is adept in linking up with his teammates and providing key passes in behind the defence. But, at the same time, the 22-year-old is also a dynamic forward, who can offer a great deal of threat on the counter.
Furthermore, Joelinton is strong in the air, mainly due to his tall 1.86 frame while his intelligent positioning inside the box makes him a lethal centre-forward. Hence, the Hoffenheim star can be considered as an all-round striker, who can be an asset to any team in the world.
Should Newcastle make a move for Joelinton?
Joelinton will be a fantastic option for Newcastle United. The Brazilian can offer a physical presence in the final third, and this is coupled with his ability to create chances for his teammates. He can also provide the mobility, which has been lacking in Salomon Rondon’s game this past season.
Hence, the 22-year-old could potentially be an upgrade over the Venezuelan international. And Newcastle should definitely explore the possibility of signing the Hoffenheim star as they can already receive £20 million with the sale of Gayle. But, it remains to be seen whether Joelinton will be willing to switch to St.James’ Park this summer.