There’s been some criticism of Joselu this season from Newcastle fans, and it’s obvious the Spanish striker is not a natural goalscorer.
And he’s had quite a few starts of late mainly because Salomon Rondon has not been match-fit and the Venezuelan has recently picked up a thigh injury.
That’s the main reason we have seen Joselu lead the line this season but new signing Yoshinori Muto is also adjusting to the physical play in the Premier League.
Another way of explaining why Joselu has played so much is he’s all we’ve got.
Newcastle sold Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham in the summer for what should be around £27M with the add-ons and loaned out Dwight Gayle to West Brom as part of the Rondon loan deal.
Joselu in action at Leicester City
Dwight has done very well and has scored six goals, and West Brom were top of the Championship before last night’s games and a win tonight at Sheffield Wednesday will see them top of the league again.
Gayle’s six goals have come in just nine games.
Here’s what Rafa has said about his Spanish compatriot in the Chronicle today:
“You can see the work rate of Joselu in every single game is good. And he has scored some goals, too.”
“He is doing what he has to do in a team like us who, normally, will not have too much possession.”
“We have to defend, we have to try to be sure we are in the right position without the ball.”
“Then, after, you expect: ‘Well he has to be in the box.’ Yeah, but we need to defend, because if not we cannot regain the ball.”
“So I think he’s one of the players who works harder than anyone.”
“You can say: ‘Oh, the strikers they have to score goals.’ Yeah, fine, but you have to take everything in context.”
“I believe he’s a good player for us, he is giving everything, and that’s it.”
Rafa is under some pressure at the moment with Newcastle having lost six of our first eight games this season, and we are 3rd bottom of the league with just 2 points from seven league games.
We are 3 points behind 4th bottom Fulham.
Hopefully, we can start to do better very soon, but we face a daunting task at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.