Joselu was signed from Stoke City for £5M in August, and he has shown himself to be a good technical player who can lead the line (very) well.
In 6 total appearances (5 starts) Joselu has two goals for us, and he has missed some too – and that’s one of the areas of his game that he is working with Rafa on – putting the ball into the back of the net.
Joselu scored the all-important goal for Newcastle against Liverpool last time out, and he was lucky to score – but that should do wonders for his confidence.
We can see why Rafa prefers Joselu starting up front to Dwight Gayle since he works well when he gets the ball, has a lot of movement and keeps things moving. – and he’s a good target man up front.
In short, he’s a good target man up front.
And Joselu has quickly taken to the Newcastle fans who like the fact he works his socks off for the team in every game, and the fans are hoping he can put the ball into the back of the net a bit more often.
But 2 goals in 6 appearances is a decent start to his Newcastle career even though he could have scored more goals.
Joselu – very good technical player – leads the line well
The 27-year-old former Real Madrid striker has given an interview in the Chronicle today, and he talks about the fans and all the support they have given since he arrived on Tyneside:
“Since I joined Newcastle I have had so many more supporters coming up to me on the streets than at any of my previous clubs.”
“This is a big club and you can feel how the supporters love their club – but the one thing the supporters say is ‘Thank you for working hard for the club’.”
“I feel the love of the supporters and it pulls you on during the games. If you’re tired you hear the supporters cheers or their voices in your head and think ‘I will go again’.”
“I have had people stop me and say ‘Thank you’ which is amazing to hear. They say we want players who work hard and I love hearing this.”
“I work hard every week, in every training session to do my best on the pitch and at the weekend.”
“If I score, that’s great but if it doesn’t work out with the goals then I will work hard to make sure it works well for other players in the team.”
“Scoring against Liverpool is a moment you can’t describe. When you are score and you’re a striker, you’re always happy to score a goal but the noise during this game was incredible.”
“I could hear the cheer.”
“Also when you an important goal to take a point or three and against a big team like Liverpool, it’s important.”
“I felt super emotional because I know I had a couple of big chances in the last few games but football is like that.”
“You maybe miss a chance and then you score maybe five goals in the next three weeks. Football is crazy – we love it because of this.”
“When I score, I tried to shoot and the ball touched my leg and went into the corner. I felt ‘Yes! I need this’.”
“It was very important for me and the team and the fans. We know when we play at home we have one player more than the opposition.”
“It is like when we saw the message for the manager in Spanish. You think ‘Wow, they are amazing’.”
“All the fans are with us and when you go and run and put it in a tackle, you touch the ball and the ball goes out.”
“It is Liverpool’s ball but it doesn’t matter: the fans go crazy and they go up as one. This gives you power.”
“I love the atmosphere and the feeling at Newcastle.”
That last line just about sums up Joselu at Newcastle.
If he can score goals he will become a much better player – and Rafa and the player himself already know that.
That’s what they are working on in training.