According to TransferMarkt.com – one of the leading online football databases – Joelinton’s value has HALVED in 18 months to £15m following a disastrous first two seasons on Tyneside.
The site has carried out valuations of the Brazilian on seven separate occasions over the last two years, starting with a £31m estimate in the middle of his big breakthrough season at Hoffenheim – where he bagged 11 goals and 9 assists – and ending at a price of just £15m following his second full season at St James’ Park.
- 2019, March 9th – – £31.5m
- 2019, June 5th – £31.5m
- 2019, December 10th – £27m
- 2020, March 9th – £22.5m
- 2020, April 8th – £18m
- 2020, October 13th – £18m
- 2021, March 18th – £15.3m
So, they reckon a realistic asking price for the Brazilian almost two years on from his £40m move to Newcastle United is now just £15m.
The question I put to you is, would you be happy to see us cut our losses on the 24-year-old should someone come in with an offer at that price?
Some fans you speak to on social media feel he’s showing glimpses of improvement – he’s scored in three of the last four home games – and believe his link up play is improving, but are they clutching at straws?
Personally, I am of the opinion he would look considerably better under a superior coach capable of playing him in the right role and handing him the confidence he so badly lacks, yet I also fear we’re fighting a losing battle if we’re expecting him to ever justify the No.9 shirt, his club record price tag and become clinical Premier League attacker.
With Bruce’s budget expected to be small and any bid for Joe Willock likely to rely on raising funds elsewhere, I imagine most Toon fans would be temped to sell should a Bundesliga team take a punt or interest arrive from China and the Middle-East.
What would be the lowest bid you’d accept should someone look to take him off our hands this summer?