Joelinton has not exactly set the Premier League alight since his £40 million transfer to Newcastle.
With PIF now in control of the club, the current crop of players will be acutely aware that improvements are needed.
Several new players will be targeted in January. With a bounty of riches likely to be available, the club may have to offload some too.
That could leave Joelinton in the firing line.
A game against Tottenham then could just provide the perfect game for the Brazilian to prove a point.
Joelinton has undoubtedly struggled but he does seem to enjoy playing against Spurs.
He has scored twice against the North Londoners in four games and there isn’t another team in England who have been on the wrong end of his goals.
Joelinton has fired 20% of his goals in English football against Tottenham and he’ll be keen to stay in the hunt this weekend.
The 26-year-old missed the starting eleven for the first three games of the season. He has played the full 90 in the last four though; claiming an assist against Leeds.
Joelinton can operate out wide or through the middle. It’s fair to suggest that Newcastle will be pursuing attacking options though and he needs to get his finger out.
Can Joelinton earn Newcastle future?
It’s going to be really difficult for the £80,000-a-week player. His 10 goals in 80 appearances haven’t represented anything like value for money and that’s a problem.
A bigger concern could be trying to offload him. Given his wages and the fact he’s on a long contract until 2025, there are unlikely to be a queue of suitors lining up around St James’ Park.
There could still be time for Joelinton. He does, however, need to start producing the goods sooner rather than later.
Since checking in on English soil, he has enjoyed playing against Tottenham. With the new owners watching on, this weekend’s game needs to be another successful one against Spurs for the Brazilian performer.