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Mick Quinn says he agrees with Rafa Benitez on Joelinton

4 weeks ago
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Newcastle United cult hero Mick Quinn has been talking about Joelinton.

The 22 year old Brazilian that Newcastle paid £40m for and who carries the main hope for goals this season.

A lot of pressure on someone so young and who has had a best season so far of eight goals in the weak Austrian league.

So far this season, Joelinton has scored one goal in five games and Mick Quinn has given his assessment.

A strong player who is ‘alright’ but Newcastle United have ‘massively paid over the top’ for the striker.

Mick Quinn speaking to Talksport:

“We (Newcastle United) massively paid over the top for him (Joelinton).

“He looks strong, he is alright.

“Needs a few more goals.

“A conservative way they (Newcastle) play, on the counter.

“With Miguel Almiron, Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie supporting him, he will have a chance.”

I think Newcastle fans are very much seeing things the same way.

That Joelinton looks a decent player but the jury out on whether he will be a regular goalascorer…and certainly not worth anything like £40m.

In fact Mick Quinn, Newcastle fans and Rafa Benitez appear to be all very much of the same opinion.

Two months ago, The Mail published that embarrassing PR statement from Mike Ashley (see below), where the NUFC owner attacked both the fans and Rafa Benitez, as he tried to deflect blame from the disgraceful way he runs the club.

In that rant, one of the things that Mike Ashley went on about at length, was the Joelinton deal.

Claiming that he had done everything to convince Rafa Benitez to stay, he stated that the Spaniard simply left so he could get more money in China and said ‘…it was like we couldn’t do anything. Joelinton was the test.’

Ashley claims that Joelinton actually cost £43m and that when the deal was put to Rafa Benitez, the manager said the Brazilian was worth no more than £20m. The owner says he then offered to pay the extra £23m (above Rafa’s valuation) from his (Ashley’s) own personal cash.

A lot of things going on here, including of course that you can never believe anything that Mike Ashley says. He also says that Rafa Benitez would have been allowed to sign Joelinton AND Salomon Rondon, he’s having a laugh. He wouldn’t allow Rafa to put an offer in to buy Rondon in summer 2018, nor in 2019 despite the Venezuelan being player of the year. Also, why didn’t Ashley carry out this supposed offer anyway and subsidise the Joelinton signing regardless, to allow for proper investment elsewhere in the team?

It is still a massive puzzle as to why after starving Rafa of proper backing, Mike Ashley suddenly was insisting that £40m+ should be spent on this specific player, as though Newcastle had been offered Lionel Messi. No wonder so many Newcastle fans think there must be something dodgy about the whole thing.

I don’t believe for one second that Ashley wanted Rafa to stay and it is nonsense for the owner to suggest he did everything to try and keep the manager. The club have said there was a maximum of £61m available for transfers this summer plus cash from sales and in the event, there has only been a net spend of around £30m. Yet even if Rafa had stayed, he would have been expected to have far less authority on transfers and if forced to take Joelinton it meant two thirds of his transfer budget gone at once. Unless you believe this fairytale of Mike Ashley paying for transfers himself, what a load of rubbish considering he had only months earlier taken £33m out of the club to repay a loan to him – if he honestly did want to help in terms of transfers, he would left that cash in and allowed Rafa to spend it in summer 2018 instead.

From that Mike Ashley PR statement published by The Mail – 26 July 2019:

“We delivered Rafa’s number one target in January, Miguel Almiron, but Hoffenheim wouldn’t sell Joelinton.

“Then in February they said we could get him early, but it would cost £40m. He was a name we had discussed with Rafa, and our recruitment people had him top of their list. I thought it was one of those that would keep drifting away, but no, we had it done.

“…it was that he (Rafa Benitez) thought the £40m for Joelinton wasn’t worth it. It’s too much and the club shouldn’t spend it.

‘And very occasionally, I get to be me in this world. So here’s the deal.

“I’ll pay £20m of it personally. Nothing to do with the club. Above and beyond the budget.

“Rafa valued him at £20m. So that’s what would come out of the club budget. The rest, £23m – I’ll pay. And he still didn’t sign it off.

“Looking back, I think he knew for a long time he was going to China because it was like we couldn’t do anything. Joelinton was the test.

‘Why on earth would you not want that?

“As a football manager, with all the things you have said, why wouldn’t you want Joelinton? It wasn’t even as if it was him or Salomon Rondon. And we told him that. We just wanted Joelinton secured.”

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