Newcastle got their first point of the season on Saturday when they held Cardiff to a 0-0 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium and the supporters aren’t sure if it’s two points dropped or one point gained. After Kenedy missed his 96-minute penalty the fans were quick to notice that Joselu was the first man over to him, consoling him after he missed the crucial spot-kick.
Now that the dust has settled… let’s take a moment to appreciate @JoseluMato9 flawless attitude for a second.
First over to Kenedy after that penalty miss… What a guy pic.twitter.com/aOuqwYqeb6
— GallowgateShots (@GallowgateShots) 20 August 2018
Joselu has come in for a lot of criticism from some Newcastle supporters but that has been really harsh criticism as far as most of the fans are concerned. The Spanish striker may not be the most prolific but he’s one of those who’s not just in the team to score goals, he’s key in getting those around him involved in attacking positions and what he doesn’t add in goals he makes up for in the morale he brings to the squad.
His years at Newcastle aren’t the only time Rafa Benitez has engineered a successful side without an out and out goalscorer. Back in the 2001/02 season, Benitez’s Valencia won La Liga despite their top goalscorer, Ruben Baraja netting just seven goals. The Spanish gaffer will be happy with Joselu’s output and if he can have six or seven players in his squad doing what Joselu does then the club would be in a much better position to kick on.
You can read the Magpies’ verdict on Joselu here:
I genuinely love him being part of our set-up. Some people should be ashamed of the stick they give him. He's a genuine family man, a worker and he HAS some great talent. He struggles to be CONSISTENTLY good, which is what we need from him on the pitch… Off the pitch, he's mint
— DVision42 (@DVision42) August 20, 2018
— Andrew M (@andym5588) 20 August 2018
— Janet (@janshoes) 20 August 2018
Maybe he isn't one of our best players but he's a great team player!
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) August 20, 2018
He’s a champion fella. Real team man. You need blokes like him in your squad, they lift everyone.
— C H R I S (@sugarwookie) August 20, 2018
Anita appreciation turning into the joys for Joselu!! Love it. I’ve never had a bad thing to say about his attitude and he knows what he has to do to silence the hate from people. He’s grated hard preseason and he knows what it’s like to have a mare of a game. Fair play to him
— Bearded Human (@KentonSpartan) August 20, 2018
He understands for obvious reasons and full credit to him for doing it, it’s a team game!! Hope they all bounce back from it! We didn’t want Kenedy back at our Club for nothing and that just shows he also cares!! #HWTL next is Chelsea
— Frankie (@franktastic9) 20 August 2018
The fans will be desperate to see Joselu gain some much-needed form and add to his goal against Spurs in the coming weeks.