Rafa Benitez kept Joselu in the team yesterday and you can tell why the manager wants to do that because the Spanish striker is a good technical player who leads the line well and offers a physical presence up front.
One of the weaknesses of his game is that he doesn’t score a lot of goals but he scored the equalizer yesterday and that should give him a lot of confidence.
He was delighted to score again for the Magpies.
It was a little bit lucky as he ran onto a brilliant through ball from Jonjo Shelvey and Joel Matip tried to clear the ball but it hit Joselu’s shin and went into the back of the net.
Joselu celebrates after scoring
We’ll take them however they come and that’s two goals in seven games for Joselu which isn’t too bad at all!
This is what Rafa said after the game when asked about Joselu, as reported in the Chronicle:
“I told him before that he didn’t need to be worrying about missing opportunities or not.”
“It’s just to be sure that he continues working hard for the team, winning the ball in the air, holding the ball, linking well with the midfielders and Ayoze.”
“And then if he has a chance, if he can score, fine, that is good.”
“All the hard work he is doing at the same time as scoring goals, what else can you ask of a striker?”
There’s Rafa’s man-management in action right there.; the 27-year-old does a good job up front when he plays – if only he can sharpen up his scoring he would be very good.
The 27-year-old striker does a good job up front when he plays – if only he can sharpen up his scoring he would be very good.
And it looks like he’s working hard in training with Rafa to do just that.
The fans like him because he’s such an honest player.