Potential Newcastle United record-breaker Joelinton compared to Liverpool's Roberto Firmino as Brazilian nears £36m move

Newcastle United’s prospective £36million frontman Joelinton has drawn comparisons with fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino, according to one German football expert.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 12:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th July 2019, 12:34 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 07: Roberto Firmino of Brazil kicks the ball against Miguel Trauco of Peru during the Copa America Brazil 2019 Final match between Brazil and Peru at Maracana Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Ronan Murphy, a Goal writer who specialises in Bundesliga coverage, believes it’s fair to compare the Liverpool striker with the 22-year-old, currently in talks with United chiefs.

But there are key differences in their play.

On his Twitter account, Murphy said: “That’s the comparison [Firmino and Joelinton] usually made. Brazilian for Hoffenheim makes it an easy comparison. Not as good in tight spaces as Firmino, but more pace.”

LYON, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 07: Joelinton of 1899 Hoffenheim is challenged by Jason Denayer of Olympique Lyonnais during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Olympique Lyonnais and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Groupama Stadium on November 7, 2018 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

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When quizzed on his style of play, Murphy replied: “Usually played as part of two up top for Hoffenheim. With (Ishak) Belfodil getting the goals.”

Asked whether he’d be a positive signing, he said: “He’s a good signing for Newcastle. Won’t be a guaranteed 10-goal-a-season player, but will offer options in attack.”

The move, according to Murphy, has been held up due to negotiations over the length of contract.