Newcastle should target a new forward when the transfer window opens in the summer.
The Magpies were desperate to land a new striker last summer and Rafael Benitez eventually signed Salomon Rondon from West Brom on loan. The Venezuela international enjoyed a good spell of form following a bumpy start to life at St. James Park. Regardless of whether his loan move becomes permanent, Benitez should look to add further attacking reinforcements.
Dwight Gayle has performed admirably in the Championship for West Brom but the Englishman has struggled to replicate his form in the higher division. With Joselu also flattering to deceive, landing a top forward should be a priority if Newcastle are to challenge at the right end of the table.
One man Benitez could target is Hoffenheim star – Joelinton. Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, the 22-year-old has cemented his position as a key player for the German side following a loan spell at Rapid Vienna. The Brazilian has been ever-present for his team, making 28 appearances in all competitions.
The powerful forward has been lethal in front of goal, netting ten goals in all competitions – including one goal in the Champions League. As well as his goalscoring exploits, Joelinton has been a creative force in the Bundesliga, registering an impressive six assists for his team-mates. With immense physical strength, the youngster would have no issues dealing with the physicality of the Premier League and leading the line at St. James Park.
German outlet Sport 1 claimed a few days ago that a huge £52m deal to take him to Tyneside was in the offing and, while that may be a somewhat dubious report, it’s easy to see why the Toon would reportedly be keen on a move.
Still developing and improving – Joelinton could thrive under Benitez’s management on Tyneside. Linking up with record signing Miguel Almiron in the attack could be devastating for their Premier League rivals.
Newcastle fans, thoughts?