Loads of Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media, after the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas shared a damning report claiming the amount Joelinton’s value has dropped since his club-record transfer last summer.
The Brazilian was long scouted ahead of his eventual £40million move away from Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim, with the club’s hierarchy highly enthusiastic about the potential of the forward they were signing.
Those reports, that were seen by former boss Rafa Benitez, did not paint the picture of Joelinton being an out-and-out number nine in Germany, and his performances in Black and White leave similar questions over his role in head coach Steve Bruce’s plans.
Bruce has fielded Joelinton at striker for all bar one of the 23-year-old’s 30 appearances across all competitions, of which 29 were as part of the starting line-up.
But the boss has only seen those outings return three goals, with two coming in the FA Cup against League One opposition and the other coming in the third week of the Premier League season.
How much is Joelinton really worth?
Joelinton’s numbers have been so poor that respected website TransferMarkt now value the former Brazil U17 international at £27m – £13m down on the fee Newcastle agreed with Hoffenheim last summer.
The fee paid to Hoffenheim was high by TransferMarkt’s standards too, as they only valued Joelinton at £31.5m at the time of his move to United, having increased his value over the 2018/19 season from £2.25m after he scored 11 times in 35 appearances in all competitions.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Douglas’ report citing TransferMarkt’s reduced valuation of Joelinton after six months on Tyneside…
If anyone would pay £20m we should snap their hand off. The only other option is to change manager to one who is tactically astute enough to get a tune out of him. Steve Bruce clearly isn’t capable
— Martin Johnson (@MartinJohnson10) February 18, 2020
The amount of value he’s dropped already is more than difference it would cost to get Solomon rondon easily
— hutchy (@Hutchylegend) February 18, 2020
I feel sorry for the lad. He’s clearly not a number 9.
— Richard (@richardreid04) February 18, 2020
The price paid does not reflect his true value.
— Neil Cook (@Cook3Neil) February 18, 2020
I think the kid needs a pat on the back, the amount of stick he gets from fans and the press is shocking. It’s not going his way but at least he is still pulling the shirt on everyone and not hiding like many others have done in the past.
— Paul Yeadon (@yeadaz) February 18, 2020
I don’t get how Nickson can keep his job after it?
— Shaun Wales (@wales_shaun) February 18, 2020
Who valued him at that in the first place? I feel for the lad but we’ve had our pants pulled down. He’s barely worth £7m. Id rather have Daryl Murphy up top. Embarrassing at how much we paid considering we let mitro go for £20m odd and he’s much better. #nufc
— Matt Guest (@Guesty22) February 18, 2020
For whatever reason they were determined they were signing him at all costs.
It cost us Benitez and in turn 10,000 season ticket holders.
The deal absolutely stinks.
One bad decision to another and unless he sells we haven’t seen the last relegation under Ashley.
— Liam (@Liam_Reay83) February 18, 2020
Those Charnley programme notes look even worse now than they did at the time. Full of self praise and basically saying we wouldn’t have had our record signing if Rafa had stayed etc. He probably should have waited until he had scored his 30th of the season 🤷♂️
— joe gomes (@joegomes10) February 18, 2020
It’s a very very dodgy deal that needs investigating IMO sounds extreme but why the hell Ashley would go from never going above 16 ish million or spend 40 on a player of this quality with no more than 7 goals per season in his career in a poorer league is beyond me!
— David Tasker (@DavidTazGolf9) February 18, 2020
In other Newcastle United news, Bruce has met with a 22-cap man keen to join in a permanent deal but did not discuss any potential transfer.