Newcastle United supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side fail to turn their dominance into three points in only managing a 1-1 draw with Burnley on Wednesday night.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Clarets having failed to win at St James’ Park in the Premier League since October 21, a run which stood at seven matches prior to kick off. And that number became eight as although the Magpies were on top for much of the encounter, they were unable to make it count with an unfortunate Karl Darlow own goal five minutes from time rescuing a point for Sean Dyche’s side following Jamaal Lascelles’ opener for the Magpies.
Consequently, there have been some frustrated Newcastle fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are already turning their attentions towards Sunday’s crucial trip to Crystal Palace, who sit just two points and a place above Benitez’s side in the Premier League table.
And many of our resident Magpies supporters have been speculating upon who Benitez may select in his starting eleven at Selhurst Park this weekend, and following the arrival of Islam Slimani, many feel that Joselu’s time in the first team is at an end.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old striker is simply not getting the job done for the North East giants.
Not only did he miss a penalty against the Clarets on Wednesday night, which is hardly going to do his confidence much good anyway, but he missed another great chance later on which would have made it 2-0, and probably secured a crucial three points for the Magpies.
Yes, the Spaniard keeps getting himself into positions to score, which should be applauded, but he is simply not making them count frequently enough – four Premier League goals this term for a club’s supposedly number one striker is not good enough.
Benitez’s side created plenty of chances against Dyche’s side (they had 14 shots with four on target), but they now need somebody better than Joselu on the end of them to start turning narrow defeats and draws into victories – victories which will keep them in the division.
And with Slimani’s arrival on loan from Leicester, it may now be time for Joselu to make way for the Algeria international, and although he himself hasn’t been overly prolific for the Foxes in recent times, he did show his qualities with eight goals for the club last season.
Ultimately, Sunday is another massive game for Newcastle. Lose, and they could find themselves inside the bottom three. Win, and they could move up to the dizzy heights of 11th – it’s that tight in the bottom half of the Premier League.
And Joselu’s performance on Wednesday night simply was not good enough to warrant another start at Selhurst Park, and further highlighted why the club were so desperate to bring another striker to St James’ Park in January.
And having done so, it’s now time to take Joselu out of the firing line, both for the benefit of Newcastle, and indeed the benefit of the player himself.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!