By Noel Whelan

14th Oct, 2021 | 4:00pm

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Noel Whelan has insisted Newcastle must be “sensible” in the transfer market and improve the “spine of the team”.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed a replacement for “disappointing” striker Joelinton, 25, must be an “absolute priority” for the Magpies.

As reported by Bild journalist Christian Falk yesterday (October 13th), Chelsea striker Timo Werner is a target for Newcastle after he slipped down the Blues’ pecking order following the arrival of Romelu Lukaku.

Werner cost the Stamford Bridge club a reported £47.6million after activating the 25-year-old’s release clause at RB Leipzig.

The German striker would supplement the striking talents of Callum Wilson, who scored 12 league goals in 26 games last season.

Brazillian striker Joelinton continues to ply his trade at St James Park and has stepped in for Wilson during his recent hamstring injury layoff.

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He has netted just six times in 76 Premier League games for Newcastle.

Whelan insisted the ex-Hoffenheim striker “hasn’t done it” on Tyneside, branding him one of their most “disappointing” signings.

“They need to be sensible in the transfer market,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“They’ve got a front three in Almiron, Wilson, and Saint-Maximin which can win any game on their day.

“But they’ve struggled for form and consistency, and also with injuries at times.

“They need to look at the spine of the team.

“Another striker should be an absolute priority because Joelinton hasn’t done it for them.

“He’s been one of the most disappointing signings for Newcastle. They’ve paid £40million for someone who has scored maybe six goals in two seasons.

“That is not a good return.

“Firepower upfront, as well as someone like James Tarkowski at the back, needs to be looked at.”

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