According to The Shields Gazette, Fenerbahce are interested in signing Joelinton on loan.
However, the Turkish outfit’s boss Erol Bulut is said to be a fan of the Brazilian, and is exploring the possibility of a loan move.
While you might not be too concerned about that news given the 24-year-old’s dismal efforts last season, Steve Bruce simply mustn’t let the forward go in this window.
Why? Well, we recently wrote that Callum Wilson’s arrival – a more natural goalscorer – could help Joelinton focus on the ‘false nine’ role which he did so well in the Bundesliga.
While that remains true, there are more reasons as to why Bruce needs the Brazilian to stay.
For one, we don’t actually have a wealth of options at centre-forward. If something were to happen to Wilson – a realistic possibility given his severe injury history – then we’ll need backup.
Should Joelinton leave, then only Dwight Gayle, Andy Carroll – another injury-prone forward – and Yoshinori Muto can deputise, ignoring Miguel Almiron who isn’t really an out-and-out striker.
Also, loaning him out to Turkey might dent his stock even further.
Should he also struggle in the Super Lig, then it feels unlikely that we’ll ever see a fraction of that £40 million sum return to St James’ Park when he eventually moves on.
After all, it’s a division which saw ex-Magpies striker Papiss Cisse finish second-top scorer with 22 goals last term, despite being well past his peak at 35 years of age. The quality of the division is questionable, to say the least.
Joelinton deserves at least one more season to prove himself, where being in the company of a natural goalscorer should hopefully ease the pressure on him.