The Chronicle have a report that Newcastle have confirmed that Joselu has not made the trip to China with young Elias Sorensen traveling in his place.
This could mean that Joselu’s long-anticipated transfer to Alaves in imminent. It is also excellent news that Elias Sorensen has made the trip in Joselu’s stead.
Yesterday, we had reported of our disappointment that Elias was not included in the squad for the Premier League Asia Trophy as we thought it would have been a good trip for him to make for his confidence and development.
It turns out that he, in fact, did make the trip as Joselu has been left behind presumably due to the pending move to Alaves.
Elias Sorensen– getting a chance with first team
This is what Mark Douglas has written about the change of strikers in the preseason squad:
Joselu’s Newcastle United future appeared to be in further doubt as the club confirmed he has been replaced in the travelling party for the Asia Trophy by youngster Elias Sorensen.
The Spaniard was named in the initial squad to travel to China for the Premier League’s pre-season tournament but with Alaves set to firm up their interest in the striker, it has now been confirmed that he has been left at home with an exit looming.
The 29-year-old has been in talks with the La Liga side all summer and Newcastle have deemed him surplus to requirements.
While the former Stoke striker was only a bit part player last season and the club need to upgrade, his possible departure would leave United with just Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto as recognised strikers and just 25 days left of the transfer window to address that.
It’s very hard to get excited about another report of Joselu’s departure as this is about the twelfth time it has been intimated that he is close to joining Alaves.
He does need to leave though for his benefit as well as the club’s. Newcastle now need to press forward and find replacements for all of the forwards who have left or are on there way out.
That is going to be a massive task for Lee Charnley and Steve Nickson to replace the likes of Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez with equal quality at a time when the club is clouded with negativity.
Even though there appears to be money to spend, the bigger obstacle will be attracting ambitious and talented players to a club that has made it loud and clear that seventeenth place will do just fine.
We are very pleased, though, to hear that Sorensen will get a chance with the first team this summer. We feel that he should have been included from the start but it’s better late than never.