Rafa Standing By This Player – Expected To Start Tomorrow

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.

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10 comments so far

  • expatmag

    Sep 23, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1


    Morning mate……heard they were preparing a cell for you next to Adam Johnson……in Richmond jail……..lol

  • expatmag

    Sep 23, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2


    Superstore?…….hasnt he already got a chain of those?

  • yorkymag

    Sep 23, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Why on earth would Rafa not stick with Joselu
    He has changed the team probably more than any player sure he is never going to be world class but he is able to hold the ball ,he wins headers and he has a good brain
    Ok he missed chances and he will miss more but he is the best proper centre forward we have seen for a good number of years and will get better i and sure
    In my book he is one of the first on the team sheet as we don’t have anyone else who can do what he does pretty well

  • Jib

    Sep 23, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    The last few days have ben so entertaining.

    Best comment ?

    “There is a touch of Ted Bundy about Tsunki”

  • Jib

    Sep 23, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Thanks for your kind thoughts
    All is well
    carl was right
    I was shutting up the apt for the winter.

  • expatmag

    Sep 23, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6


    Last week, it was a case of trying too hard. I wouldnt mind betting if it wasnt Stoke, he would have netted a couple. He seems highly rated by many, wven Stoke fans.

  • stripes1009

    Sep 23, 2017 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #7

    For those of you who can remember, Brian Clough had a striker at Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United. His name was John O’Hare. He wasn’t a prolific scorer but he made openings and chances for his team mates.
    Joselu is doing everything right. His goals will come! he’s winning balls in and around the box and creating opportunities for the team.

    Just keep it going jose’ lad. We love you already…….???

  • dannitoon

    Sep 24, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Ffs hes not even played 5 games yet.. on another day he couldve scuffed a hat trick.. 1 miss 1 half chance and 1 save so why wouldnt he stand by him

  • Tom Page

    Sep 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Your right lad, Cloughie’s O’Hare used to lay them on for the other forwards and wing halves at Forest. Many times an’all. Cloughie, like Rafa, knew what he was doing.

  • Tom Page

    Sep 24, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Only trouble with Cloughie was he actually played for the Mackams, and he could score a few goals too.


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