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Newcastle United: Joelinton deal needs to be signed off

Newcastle United: Joelinton deal needs to be signed off

Newcastle United have a deal in place to sign Hoffenheim striker Joelinton, but need a manager to be appointed so they can give the move the green light, according to The Telegraph.

Steve Bruce is set to become manager having resigned at Sheffield Wednesday, according to BBC Sport, which should help move the transfer along.

Joelinton started 26 games in all competitions for Hoffenheim last season, coming on as a substitute four times, scoring 10 goals and assisting five times.

Standing at 186cm tall, he has the physical stature to match Salomon Rondon, who is the same height. He also had a similar productivity rate to the Venezuelan’s, who got 11 goals and seven assists in 30 starts and two substitute appearances.

Rondon was much better in aerial duels, winning 4.6 per match compared to Joelinton’s 2.3, while the Brazilian made 1.5 key passes per match to the Venezuelan’s 1.

With Joelinton being just 22-years-old, Newcastle could have a brilliant Rondon replacement for years to come on their hands.

Newcastle should be doing all they can to sign him, whether they have the green light from a manager or not.

The Brazilian’s skillset can suit a variety of playing styles due to the creative side he possesses in being able to assist and play key passes, while he also has the aerial prowess to benefit from a more direct approach. Newcastle can’t afford to risk losing out on signing him.

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