Hoffenheim star Kevin Vogt is ‘convinced’ Newcastle United will not be Joelinton’s final Premier League club – suggesting his move to St James’ Park may be a stepping stone in his career.
The 22-year-old’s move is expected to be announced tomorrow, and teammate Vogt is now the latest Hoffenheim figure to speak out about his move to England after both their manager and director of football hinted his exit was imminent in recent interviews.
The good news is Vogt is speaking like he’s gone, suggesting a move to Newcastle is indeed imminent, however it’s hardly ideal to here Joelinton’s teammate speak as if he’s already got his eye on impressing the ‘bigger clubs’.
Here’s what Vogt has had to say about the Brazilian during his chat with German outlet Kicker:
“There is just so much money in circulation [in the Premier League]”
“There are different reasons for each person, Joe will have a few reasons [to join Newcastle].
“Maybe you have to show one or the other bigger clubs that you can play in the league. Just like Sadio Mane did.
“I am backing Joe, as long as he remains healthy, and I am convinced that this is not his last step.
“I hope for that too, because he is really a great guy”
I actually wrote a piece covering this exact dilemma just last week, with it seeming clear that any quality player willing to sign up to the Ashley/Bruce era would be seeing us as a potential stepping stone.
After all, why would he leave a Bundesliga side playing in the Champions League last season to join a club expected to be in a relegation battle under Steve Bruce if it wasn’t to hand himself the chance to impress on the Premier League stage?
It seems odd to be talking about a players next move before they’ve even signed in the first place, but it’s hard to deny the idea that we’ll likely be a stepping stone for any quality arrival until this club starts showing real ambition both on and off the pitch.