Joselu started up front on Saturday, and most fans expected new signing Salomon Rondon to be there from the start.
But the big Venezuelan made his debut in the second half, and the short time he was on the field he looked a powerful player who could hold the ball up well.
Joselu had a good game on Saturday and scored Newcastle’s goal in the 11th minute in the 2-1 defeat.
Yoshinori Muto also made his debut on Saturday in the second half.
We expect both forwards to be starting at Newcastle once they are fully fit and understand their teammates a little better.
Rafa has talked about both players and what they bring to the side, as reported in ChronicleLive today:
“We talk about characteristics of a player and Rondon he is strong, he can keep the ball and link with the others, and at the same time he has more mobility,”
“He can give us this physicality and this kind of player that sometimes we were missing when we were under pressure.”
“He can hold the ball and move forward. Joselu is doing a good job but maybe is not as strong as Rondon. He has clever movements but maybe is not as quick as Muto.”
“If you think about Dwight, he was a player with pace and some good movement – so Muto is someone who can run and also use his pace,”
“He is a worker, and someone like Dwight who can have chances and score goals for us, hopefully.”
“Is he very clinical? We will see because you never know. In Germany he was not scoring 20 goals, but maybe he can come to the Premier League and score goals.”
“He will score goals. How many? I don’t know.”
Muto will be used somewhere in a position behind Rondon in the 4-2-3-1 formation that Rafa uses.
That could be as a number 10 where Perez played last season, or on one of the wing in place of Kenedy or Ritchie.
It would be great if we can get all 3 points at Cardiff City on Saturday,