Borussia Dortmund star makes big Joelinton claim – Exciting stuff for NUFC fans..

Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji says new Newcastle United signing Joelinton was the toughest opponent he faced last season, praising the Brazilian’s pace, power and technical ability.

The £40m man completed a club record move from Hoffenheim last month and bagged his first goal for the club in a pre-season win over Hibernian on Tuesday, with him not only scoring but putting in a highly impressive all round performance.

A few days on and former Bundesliga rival and current Dortmund centre-back Manuel Akanji has heaped more praise on the 22-year-old talent.

Here’s what he’s had to say to GOAL when asked who was the toughest striker he faced across the 2018/19 season:

“Last season, Joelinton from Hoffenheim was very good,”

“He moved to Newcastle this summer. He was technically good, fast, physically strong. He played really well against us and also scored a goal.”

Considering the Swiss international has come up against Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane, Timo Werner, Antoine Griezmann and Radamel Falcao last season, it’s a huge compliment to Joelinton that he was the deemed the toughest opponent he faced!

After an eye-catching display against Hibernian, let’s hope we see more of the same from the striker as we prepare to take on St Etienne at St James’ Park today.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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