According to The Telegraph, Joelinton will be handed his ‘last chance’ to prove himself in Callum Wilson’s absence over the next few months.
Luke Edwards claims that the club will ‘give up’ on the 24-ear-old, ‘cut their losses’ and attempt to ‘recoup whatever they can’ by selling him in the summer, should he fail to impress between now and the end of the season.
The report even reveals that we sent scouts to watch him 26 times before committing to a whopping £40m deal over 18 months ago, however the Brazilian has delivered a host of uninspiring displays since then and just seven goals and seven assists in 66 appearances for the club.
Here’s a snippet from Edwards’ latest piece for The Telegraph:
‘As for club record signing, Joelinton, this is his last chance to prove he can justify that £40m price tag before Newcastle give up, cut their losses and try to recoup whatever they can by selling him in the summer.‘
I accept that Joelinton hasn’t looked good enough and is by no means a £40m player worthy of the No 9 shirt, but there is a part of me that believes the right manager would get him looking far better than Bruce ever has.
After all, he looked a completely different animal under Julian Nagelsmann not so long ago, being involved in 20 goals in his last season at Hoffenheim and impressing in the UEFA Champions League.
That said, If Bruce remains this summer and we get the chance to get a small chunk of our money back, it may be wise for all parties if he’s moved on…albeit it at a huge loss!