Joselu missed three excellent chances last weekend in the 2-1 win at home to Stoke.
It’s true he should have scored at least one goal from those three chances, but apart from that if you look at his overall play, he still looked good up front.
That was with his heading ability and hold up play in general, and he also got involved in the game.
The thing about Joselu is probably the worst part of his game is that he finds it difficult to put the ball into the back of the net.
That’s not particularly good for a striker.
We saw last weekend why he’s only scored 46 goals in 180 first team games in his career.
Joselu expected to keep his place tomorrow
Rafa talked about Joselu yesterday, and the manager is still very supportive of his striker and said this as reported in the Northern Echo today :
“Joselu has been fine. We were talking about the chances that he had and the work that he did. “
“Sometimes you can analyze and you can have an opinion about strikers depending on the chances that they have and they take or not.”
“But in this case, we were talking about overall, his work and what he was giving to the team, his contribution, and after the chances.”
“The third chance is the one that maybe he could take and we were talking about that, but I think he knows.”
“Today, we were doing some finishing and I think he was thinking about that, how to improve. That is the way.”
“He is winning balls in the air, he is holding the ball, he has good movement, his understanding with the people up front is good.”
“He is going to press, so a lot of things – and at the same time, he is there on the end of crosses or whatever.”
“What do you expect from a striker? All these things plus goals, so hopefully he can score goals now.”
We expect Joselu to start tomorrow simply because his game has fitted in so well with the team over the last three games – all wins – and we’ll just have to hope if the Spaniard gets a chance tomorrow he buries it – so to speak.
That will do him a world of good for his confidence, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how good a technical player Joselu is.
And he’s a good buy for just £5M.
Depending on how the game goes tomorrow we could again see Dwight Gayle get a runout and a chance to score some goals for us.
We need a win tomorrow, and the majority of Newcastle fans think we can do that.