In this time of a shortage of new about Newcastle during the rather dull International break, we have looked back on a player who has so far this season looked much improved.
Joselu was brought in from Stoke a year ago basically because he was a striker Newcastle could afford for just £5M.
Joselu has struggled at Stoke and had spent the previous season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna back in Spain.
The 28-year-old was born in Stuttgart, West Germany and was on the books at Real Madrid for three years from 2009.
Joselu scores with a great header in the first game against Spurs
He is not a prolific goalscorer and in 32 appearances last season he scored only four goals.
But this season he has scored two (very good) goals in just five appearances so maybe we will see the extra competition from new signings Muto and Rondon will bring out a much better Joselu this season.
He has certainly looked better, and he has talked about how vital a preseason is for a new player:
This is what Joselu has said:
“Last season, you know nothing – you know about the club, but nothing about your team-mates, about the training ground, the stadium, about how good the supporters are.”
“But this season you know everything. It’s small things, you know; which way to come up to the training ground.”
“I think it’s easier for me, and for all the players, as well. It’s important to have a pre-season here.”
“Last season it was a very difficult situation for me in pre-season.”
“I lost my father, and I was going to go back to Stoke, but I didn’t want to because I was going to sign here.”
“I think it’s important to stay for the whole pre-season in the same club. I am very happy.”
“I want more every year, and this season I trained hard in pre-season to do better than last season.”
Joselu has looked much better so far this season, and we have to hope he can keep scoring those goals for us.
But we expect Salomon Rondon to lead the line once he’s fully fit but Joselu can be a good substitute, and he knows precisely what Rafa wants him to do.
It would be great if we see a new improved Joselu and he’s certainly made a good start to the season.