It’s not a secret that our new signing Joselu was a big admirer of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez before he joined the club.
And it’s clear that Rafa is trying to improve the former Real Madrid striker and in particular – to add more goal to his game.
Joselu is a good technical player and target man up front, but he has missed a few very good chances so far in his very short time on Tyneside. but he doesn’t dwell on them – which is good.
But the 27-year-old doesn’t dwell on them – and that’s good.
Joselu likes the fact that Rafa talks to him individually in training on how he can improve and he says that every day is different in training.
The Spaniard thinks it’s a lot different at Newcastle than it was at Stoke City.
Joselu has given a long interview in the Chronicle and this is some of what he said – including why he thinks Rafa is the perfect manager:
“I know I will score and I know I will miss chances. It is football. I don’t think about the missed chances.”
“The good thing is I try to work hard every week to try to do my best every weekend and the results are there. We have 10 points now, it’s a good start to the season.”
“We know we lost points against teams but football is like this. We try to win every game, work hard and take the points here and away.”
“Football is football and now we have time to rest and think about the next game, which is away from home.”
“When the referee blows the whistle and the 90 minutes are over, they are over. You need to think about a new week.”
“It’s normal that on the same day you think about the chances but the best thing is as soon as you’re finished with that match you have a chance in the next one.”
“Against Stoke I know I missed two good opportunities but after this I try to think about the next game and trying to win the next game.”
“Rafa’s perfect. It’s a lot different from when I was at Stoke. We train every day, we focus on the game at the weekend and every day is different.”
“Rafa talks to us every minute and he wants every player to know their work for the weekend.”
“He will say to every player individually ‘You do this’, ‘You do this’. Working with Rafa is perfect for me and all the players because he’s a perfect manager.”
“He knew me really well when he approached me to sign for Newcastle.”
“He talked with me, he called me and he told me about Newcastle and the club. He integrated me quickly – in the club, in the team and in the city too.”
“It’s very important for new players to feel like this.”
“This is home: everyone is so friendly and helpful, even with my wife at the stadium, helping out with the baby.”
“It feels like a family.”
So there you have it – we have the perfect manager at Newcastle.
But we already knew that.