It was a little bit of a surprise when Rafa started Joselu up front against Spurs on Saturday.
In fact, the team we had thought would start was the one Rafa chose but with Rondon starting up front.
But to the surprise of many Joselu had a good game and scored an excellent goal after just 11 minutes.
The Spanish striker headed home nicely from a perfect right-wing cross from Matt Ritchie.
Matt is also determined to be a starter this season, and he worked his socks off for the team and was our second highest rated player behind Kenedy for the Man of the Match.
Joselu – played well on Saturday – great goal
Rafa talked about starting Joselu after the match, and the manager said he played well and of course put in a good shift before being replaced by Rondon.
Mr. Benitez may even start Joselu again after his impressive performance.
Joselu takes a lot of criticism from some Newcastle fans, but the thing we like about Joselu is he is an excellent technical player who works very hard for the team.
He also has a great attitude and doesn’t seem to let any criticism affect him.
But this is an excellent example of getting good players in to challenge for first team positions and the positive effect it can have on the team.
Rafa will want more players in during January – especially at fullback.
He will also want to bring in a new number 10 and possibly another striker.
If Rafa gets two or three good players during January, he will know the team will be better next season whatever nonsense could happen in the transfer window next summer.
Maybe that could convince him to sign a long-term deal after the January transfer window.