Former Newcastle striker Mick Quinn has an article in the Chronicle today, and he points out that the arrival of Salomon Rondon at Newcastle seems to have given a lift to Joselu who has looked good at the start of the season.
After scoring only four goals and getting one assist in 32 total appearances last season the Spanish striker has started off with 2 goals in his first 5 appearances this season – so we hope he can keep scoring.
Rafa aims to increase the competition for places in the Newcastle side continuously, so it brings the best out of the players he has.
Joselu taking direction from Rafa Benitez
Joselu now has summer signings Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto fighting for a place in the side, but the competition seems to have done him good.
This is what he has said recently:
“Of course I felt I needed to start well. We lost players and we had to sign players as well.”
“And I think we signed players because the gaffer wants what is best for the club,”
“I think the players who have come in have tried to help us as soon as they can, and that’s a good point for Newcastle.”
“We will try to stay in the best position like last season, but we know how difficult it is. I think we have a good squad and we’ll try to do that.”
“Personally, it was very good to score in the opening game because for a striker to start the competition by scoring goals, it is very important.”
“People want the strikers to score goals; we do more things than only score, but I think personally for me it was very important.”
“The Premier League is so difficult, but I was really happy to score and I will try to continue to score more goals and help the club.”
“It was very good for my confidence, because all strikers want to score goals in the first game of the season and try to keep that confidence for the next games,” Joselu added.
“I had that opportunity in the first game, to score against a big club, and we didn’t take the points.”
“I go home, I try to rest, then the next week start training on Monday and try to prepare for the next game.
“I try to score because I want to score and I want to help the club to stay up. I don’t want to miss the chances.
“I try to do my best every game, and when you have a bad game, you just have to go home and rest. “
“The next day is a new day, and the next week is a new week.”
Mick Quinn finished his piece today by saying that everybody associated with Newcastle now has to pull together and support Rafa and his players.
He’s right there.
Let’s hope we can get a win next Saturday at home to Arsenal and that the lads put in a good display.
There will be another protest against Mike Ashley on Saturday afternoon by the Magpie Group before the game.
It’s at the club shop at St James’ Park – so the protests are moving ever closer to inside St. James’ Park – which Rafa doesn’t want to see.
But it’s a difficult situation for the fans.