Yesterday was Newcastle’s Open Day as they trained on the famous St. James’ Park pitch in front of a crowd of 12,000 and new signing Joselu was just bowled over by the massive support given to the club.
But the 27-year-old would have been told of Newcastle’s huge fan following by Rafa Benitez before he signed if he didn’t know that already – and this season we will have regularly sold-out crowds of over 52,000 at the stadium.
The fans got a glimpse of Joselu’s technical ability yesterday when he brilliantly hit a Matt Ritchie cross on the volley, and the ball went screaming into the back of the net.
It was a study of how to keep your eye on the ball and then hit the ball perfectly.
It reminded me of a goal I scored at Walker Park when I was 10 years old – the only difference was I hit mine a little harder than Joselu did yesterday.
Anyway, that’s my recollection.
Joselu seemed stunned and delighted with the crowd’s reaction to him yesterday, and this is what he had to say as reported in the Chronicle:
“Newcastle is a big club and it’s an honor for me to play at this club in this amazing city.”
“For me, it’s not about why I moved from Stoke to here. I am so happy to be in this stadium.”
“This is a fantastic and amazing stadium, for me, it’s a pleasure to be here.”
“Today is my first day at St James’ Park with the supporters, and I want also to enjoy the games at home.”
“When Rafa called me, I didn’t have to think any more about it, and now I am here and I want to enjoy it.”
“I am here because I want to play in the Premier League.”
“For me, it’s the best league in the world. I want to play, enjoy and score a lot of goals at St James’ Park in a Newcastle shirt.”
“It’s a pleasure to be again in the Premier League.”
“Newcastle have a very good team and very good players as well. We will try to do our best home and away.”
“We will try to win all the games to stay again in the Premier League.”
“We have trained well this week, we have prepared very well for the game.”
“It’s our first away game of the season and we will try to come back to Newcastle with the three points.”
Joselu’s move from Stoke City was announced on Wednesday and yesterday was the first day of being a Newcastle player – some day!
Here’s the video of the goal – we’d like to seem him smashing in goals like this in the Premier League this season for us.
Joselu in training today ?? pic.twitter.com/Vi1MJVcNWY
— Dicka (@dicka1892) August 17, 2017