Newcastle have completed the signing of Joelinton from Hoffenheim for a club-record fee.
He had been heavily linked with moves to St James’ Park in the past, but it was suggested that previous manager Rafa Benitez was not so keen on the forward.
The 22-year-old striker featured 28 times in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim last season, scoring seven goals and assisting another five along the way. He also has Champions League experience under his belt, something that can be considered as a coup for the Magpies.
The move to bring in Joelinton is the first major piece of transfer business since the arrival of Steve Bruce. It’s a deal that will have some major repercussions around the club, so let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers of the deal.
The obvious one. Newcastle have smashed their transfer record to bring in a new striker, something that is a major plus point for the club.
They needed to act quickly to replace the goals of Salomon Rondon and they’ll be hoping Joelinton does just that.
Loser: Dwight Gayle
It was always considered unlikely that Dwight Gayle could be given a chance at Newcastle under Bruce, but this is another clear sign that his long-term future is looking to be elsewhere after a season on loan at West Brom in the Championship.
Winner: Mike Ashley
Joelinton arrives with a huge sell-on value and if he impresses at Newcastle then the club could stand to make a big profit on what they paid for him. He is a highly rated young striker and joins the club with a lot of potential.
Loser: Rafa Benitez
It had been claimed that Benitez was not a fan of the player and didn’t want him signed. The deal to sign the striker is another indicator of the fractured relationship he endured with the club.
Benitez will see it as a bit of a kick in the teeth that Newcastle have broken their transfer record just weeks after he left St James’ Park, citing their lack of ambition for his departure.
Winner: Matt Ritchie/Miguel Almiron
Matt Ritchie and Miguel Almiron are two of Newcastle’s most creative players and both thrived towards the end of last season, providing service to Rondon in the final third.
They’ll be hoping to better their contributions with Joelinton leading the line for the Magpies this time around.
Loser: Steve Bruce
There may also be some concern on Bruce’s part, given that lack of say he would have had in this transfer. Newcastle would have had to act quickly this summer, regardless of the managerial situation.
It could be a cause for concern, or could it just be a matter that the deal was all-but finalised before Bruce’s appointment.