Joelinton made headlines when Mike Ashley for some reason insisted Newcastle United had to spend £40m (£43m according to Ashley) on the Brazilian striker.
Hoffenheim amazed to be banking £40m for a forward who so far has had a best season of eight goals in the very weak Austrian league.
On Saturday, Joelinton’s old club were away at all conquering Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga champions having hammered Spurs 7-2 away in midweek and not having lost a league game at home in the past 12 months.
Hoffenheim had reinvested £1m of the £40m received from Newcastle United on Sargis Adamyan, signed from German second tier side Jahn Regensburg in the summer.
The 26 year old Armenian striker getting his first league start yesterday after a couple of sub appearances.
After wasting an early chance when one on one with the goalkeeper, the £1m signing made amends when scoring on 54 minutes.
Lewandowski equalised on 73 minutes but six minutes later Adamyan hit his second and what proved to be the winner, scoring from the edge of the area.
A famous away win against Bayern Munich and the hosts made only one change from the team that hammered Spurs, so no weakened team to blame.
It was Bayern Munich’s first home defeat in all competitions since March.
As Newcastle fans know, it is not all about how much money you spend, but just as (more?) importantly, who makes the decisions on who you buy and sell.
Including the £1m on Sargis Adamyan, Hoffenheim only spent £29m in the summer (all figures via Transfermarkt), £11m less than they received for Joelinton alone. In total they sold £107m worth of players, meaning a £78m profit on transfers in and out. A real Mike Ashley fantasy.
A price tag is meaningless of course, as free transfer Teemu Pukki has shown at Norwich and as £1m Adamyan showed against Bayern Munich on Saturday.
However, no getting away from the fact that Joelinton is under extreme pressure and scrutiny, largely thanks to Mike Ashley’s stupidity in getting rid of Rafa Benitez and insisting that he chooses which players are bought and sold, instead of the manager. The chief reason for recruiting a patsy such as Steve Bruce who was so desperate for the job he agreed to no say on transfers.
How he could scoring a couple of goals that beat Manchester United this afternoon, no reason why not as they certainly aren’t any kind of Bayern Munich at the minute, that’s for certain.