Date: 9th January 2020 at 5:25pm
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Obviously, much has been made about the club-record signing of of late following his miserable outing against Rochdale in the . Indeed, the Brazilian has struggled this and, according to the Daily Star back in the summer – was never of interest to former manager in the first place. 

So, a recent report from the Chronicle is all the more interesting. As the January window rolls on, the local outlet revealed that – unlike the aforementioned Spanish coach – current boss Bruce does NOT have a final say clause written into his deal when it comes to bringing players in.

The process is reportedly done over a number of conversations and, while the former Manchester skipper can recommend targets, he doesn’t decide.


Now, as mentioned in the report, this isn’t out of the ordinary at a number of Premier League sides.

However, it does perhaps speak to some of the confusion surrounding Joelinton. As the Daily Telegraph recently noted, the South American has operated as a wide forward over the course of his career (Transfermarkt actually recorded 7 appearances in a supporting role during his time at Hoffenheim alone) as well as a number 9, yet has been thrown into the deep end at St. James’ Park.

Clearly, the player is struggling and doesn’t exactly have the experience of replacing a figure such as Salomon , so it seems the transfer committee as it were have dropped the ball here. Muddled up thinking has led to the Army having a £40m striker – who is actually averaging his lowest ever shots per game total – and it’s not clear as to who’s man he is exactly, or where his best position is.

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