As the summer stretched slowly towards its unexpected scorching peak, it looked like Newcastle’s attacking stock would be running dry come 2019/20. Almost all of their forwards seemed to leave. Gone were the top three expected goals contributors, and two of the top four expected goals assisters left too (out of players who played more than 600 minutes).
They do still have Miguel Almiron of course, and Yoshinori Muto (um… who, in limited minutes, averaged just 0.75 shots per 90 last season). And Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey.
It’s a good thing, then, that Newcastle spent around £35m on 22-year-old Joelinton. The Brazilian forward arrives from Hoffenheim with some slightly-better-than-league-average radars and a 0.51 goal contribution per 90 minutes rate in tow.
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