Imagining life without Rafa Benitez at St James’ Park must be a scary thought for Newcastle United supporters, so they’ll be praying that Mike Ashley can actually work some magic for once.
It’s safe to say that Ashley surprised everyone by actually spending money back in the January transfer window as he splashed the cash on Miguel Almiron, which has benefited them already. So, perhaps the Englishman will take inspiration from his summer move by lining up another raid in the summer.
Interestingly, it appears as if Ashley is currently thinking about Benitez’s future at the club, as according to The Sun, Newcastle United are preparing a £40 million Hoffenheim’s Joelinton in the hope of persuading Benitez to stay.
Salomon Rondon has impressed while operating just in front of Almiron in recent times but the forward isn’t really the type of player who can bring the best out of Newcastle’s record signing, as the 25-year-old thrived in behind a fast, creative striker during his time at Atlanta United in the form of Josef Martinez.
Joelinton would be the perfect partner for Almiron as he looks to make use of his pace in the final third, as well as holding the ball up and picking a pass, so the Paraguayan would soon find himself being presented with plenty of opportunities and could cause lots of problems with quick link-up play and one-two passes.
Also, the Brazilian has produced 11 goals and nine assists in the current campaign and he’s only 22 years of age, so he still has his best years ahead of him. He’s strong and surprisingly quick despite standing at 6’1 inches, with a huge amount of strength at his disposal.
Newcastle’s attack would be feared if Ashley signs Joelinton and Salomon Rondon joins permanently, with two beasts possibly leading the Magpies’ line. Indeed, an attack that involves Joelinton’s pace and finishing, Rondon’s strength and aerial ability and Almiron’s creative qualities would give plenty of Premier League teams nightmares.
Newcastle United fans, would you want to see Ashley splash the cash on Joelinton? Could he potentially be a better option than Salomon Rondon?