Newcastle United are quietly confident Joelinton will emerge as ‘consistent force’ next season

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Newcastle’s transfer ‘mistake’ could end up being next season’s under-the-radar success story

In a summer of uncertainty over ownership, personnel and ambition, here’s a narrative worth tracking: is next season the year that the true value of Joelinton is established?

The £40million signing arrived on Tyneside with a reputation as a slow burner but when Steve Nickson and his recruitment team assessed the impact the Brazilian could have at St James’ Park, there was a feeling that he could improve the team straight away with year-on-year progression built in.

Nickson is a big believer in a holistic approach to scouting. ChronicleLive has spoken to representatives who say United’s head of recruitment maps out a career progression to potential recruits, with Steve Bruce dovetailing that with assurances about playing time, position and how tactics can be suited to prime targets.

But for Joelinton, his recruitment came in the period between Rafa Benitez’s departure and Bruce’s appointment. The disruption – and the burden of being a £40million footballer when that value was always intended to reflect his potential to improve – did not help when he adapted slowly to English football.

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Hard work and dedication to his craft has not been a problem. But slowly there were signs in the final days of the season – especially when Joe Willock arrived to change the team’s dynamic and hand the striker more space to play in – that he was beginning to deliver.

One source explains: “I think Newcastle are keeping it quiet but there is that hope that next season he emerges a bit as someone who is that consistent creative force.

“He certainly looks more settled, his training performances are consistent, he can speak the language, he’s got his family here and he’s well-liked in the dressing room. The way he ended the season should give him that confidence.”

You can read the full story, here.

Newcastle United warned against signing transfer target too ‘similar’ to Jeff Hendrick

Newcastle United have been warned against making a move for transfer target Hamza Choudhury.

Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes the Leicester City midfielder is too ‘similar’ to Jeff Hendrick, and has questioned whether the 23-year-old would be able to help the Magpies progress.

Robinson told Football Insider: “He is not a signing that would excite me as a Newcastle fan.

“I think he is a good player but he has not played enough football for Leicester really. If he is not getting the Leicester side you start to question why Newcastle would want to sign him.

“They need to progress and move on now and I’m not sure Choudhury is a player who could help them do that. I want to see Newcastle go for the next bracket up of player.

“Choudhury is a solid midfielder and he has a great engine but he is very similar to Jeff Hendrick.

“It is definitely time for him to leave Leicester though. He is at that stage of his career where he needs to play regular football.”

You can read the full story, here.

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The ‘major step’ Joe Willock has been backed to make next season

Joe Willock’s blistering form with Newcastle United could put him in contention to make the ‘major step’ to representing England next season.

That’s the view of Three Lions legend Terry Butcher, who was asked whether the Magpies loanee could consider himself unlucky to miss out of Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.

Butcher told PlayOJO: “He’s pretty young, he’s done ever so well but it’s a major step up when it comes to England.

“It’s the level of training – there’s a big jump from a 21-year-old in the Premier League to international football.

“I think Gareth would have looked at it and said he’s worth looking at but maybe for next season.”

You can read the full story, here.


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