News of Newcastle making an imminent move to sign Hoffenheim striker Joelinton has gathered momentum since the appointment of Steve Bruce as head coach, with Sky Sports confirming negotiations are taking place.

In fact, the Chronicle report that his current Bundesliga club have confirmed on Twitter that their man is in “concrete talks” with a Premier League club – believed to be the Magpies.

If he signs, he will become the Toon’s fifth Brazilian player, with the previous four having mixed careers on Tyneside.

The first to adorn the famous black and white, of course, was Mirandinha, who signed from Palmeiras in July 1987.

For those of us old enough to watch him play, he had fantastic pace, and a brilliant work rate. He quickly became a cult hero at St James’ Park, with fans giving him his own chant.

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He scored 23 goals in 67 Newcastle appearances, before returning to his former side in Brazil.

For all the goals he scored, his most memorable moment for me was when he hit a 40 yard thunderbolt at the Gallowgate end, which beat Liverpool goalkeeper, Bruce Grobbelaar, for pace, and crashed off the inside of the post.

Had that gone in, it would have been replayed on greatest goals of all time shows for years to come.


He was definitely a favourite, and his short spell was a successful one.

It was a different story for the next two who played, however.

Fumaca and Cacapa were two of the poorer players to play for Newcastle

Fumaca arrived on loan in the 1999/2000 season, and made just five appearances, as he was so poor, he was left out of future squads to prevent his deal triggering a clause that would make it permanent.

When fans name their all-time worst XI for Newcastle, Fumaca’s name is more often than not included in it.

When Cacapa came off the bench against Aston Villa in August 2007, he became the 1,000th player to represent Newcastle in a competitive match.

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However, that is probably all he will be remembered for, with him struggling with form and injury during his time at the club. He made 25 appearances, and fans often wonder quite how he made as many as that.

Finally, there was Kenedy who played for a season and a half under Rafa Benitez, in two loan spells.

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The term hot and cold could have been written for the Chelsea man, with him lighting up St James’ Park with his performances when he first arrived.

But last season he was very, very poor and struggled for game time due to his lack of form. His whole season is epitomised by his performance at Cradiff, where he was anonymous for the whole game, before insisting he took an injury time penalty – which would have won us the game – only to have it saved.

Joelinton could become a Newcastle hero if he performs well during his time at the club. But he must hope to follow the example of Mirandinha, and not that of the other three.

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