Here’s what he’s had to say about the Brazilian – a player he believes is a ‘very good dribbler for his size’ and a ‘well rounded’ footballer, but someone whose style is very different to Salomon Rondon’s:
Joelinton – 22 years-old – 1.86m – Centre-forward
Firstly, some background; Joelinton has spent the past season with TSG Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, after a loan spell in the Austrian Bundesliga with SK Rapid Vienna the previous season.
Joelinton in all competitions for TSG Hoffenheim in 2018-19:
35 games / 11 goals / 9 assists
Playing under the exciting Julian Nagelsmann at Hoffenheim, he emerged as one of the Bundesliga’s breakout stars last season. He is a player with a well-rounded profile.
Of the 11 goals he scored last season, four were with his right, four with his left and three with his head. He is a dangerous player in the penalty area for sure, but slightly differently to Salomón Rondón. Joelinton is less of an out-and-out target-man type striker.
With Hoffenheim, he often started games as a centre-forward before dropping into a deeper role behind Andrej Kramarić or Ishak Belfodil. It’s in these areas – with space ahead of him – that he is at his best. His skillset is varied; he is a very good dribbler for his size.
He is much more adept at bringing others into play than the typical target man, and will occupy spaces across the front line. Nagelsmann did on occasion use him off the right, which shows his tactical flexibility. He has good all-round qualities.
A staple of Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim side was their pressing, and Joelinton was no different to the rest of the squad, expected to engage in collective pressing actions. This is something which Ayoze Pérez did well for Newcastle but failed to gain credit for.
€40 million spread over multiple transfer windows is the going rate for a player of Joelinton’s quality and versatility in this market. What seems peculiar is why a player who seems to be on the up, would join a club headed in the opposite direction.
Understandably, there are likely to be many caveats to this deal, one of which being release clauses in the event of relegation or a certain fee being met. Ultimately, it is a very good signing in strange circumstances.
Joelinton is not a 20-goal a season target man, but he is versatile and an interesting option to have in any forward line. Technically good, explosive at times and physical enough to cope with the demands of the Premier League. More signings of this calibre required.
A brilliant insight into the Brazilian’s style of play ahead of his official announcement at St James’ Park.
Let’s hope he’s one of many signings made between now and August 8th!