Not only has he come in for a big fee, but the Brazilian has also been entrusted with the number 9 shirt worn by big names of the past such as Alan Shearer.
Joelinton started 26 games in all competitions last season, coming on as a substitute four times, scoring 10 goals and assisting five times.
While it can’t be guaranteed he will be able to replicate those numbers in the Premier League, there are parts of his game he should be able to translate in black and white.
Standing at 186cm tall, he won 2.3 aerial duels (per WhoScored) per game last season, which would be useful for Newcastle, as it could see the Brazilian bringing teammates into play, while also offering an out ball for pressurised defenders. With Salomon Rondon and Joselu now gone, no forward in the Toon squad averaged more.
He also made 1.5 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per game last season, which means he has shown the ability to create for his team-mates with players of Miguel Almiron and Christian Atsu’s ilk set to be the main beneficiaries.
This is a brilliant move for Newcastle and it was much needed after seeing Rondon and Ayoze Perez depart.
He does appear to have the ability to replace the former in terms of a physical presence up front and the fact the club have spent some money at long last this summer could go some way into easing at least some of the tension on Tyneside.
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