The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been bitterly disappointed with the impact of Joselu since he joined the club last summer, but recent reports suggest his career with the club could be coming to a premature end in the near future.
Rafa Benitez’s side have steered clear of a relegation battle in recent months, but their positive results certainly haven’t arrived due to the presence of a clinical striker. Dwight Gayle has consistently been a diligent worker at the spearhead of Newcastle’s attack and his link-up play has often been commendable, but yet he appears to be lacking a ruthless edge that is needed to succeed in the top-flight.
On the other hand, Joselu is clearly punching above his weight at this level, so Newcastle will need to replace him this summer in order to continue the fine progress they have made recently. According to a report from German media outlet Bild, the Magpies could be set to do exactly that this summer by signing Niclas Fullkrug (valued at £4.5 million by Transfermarkt) from Hannover.
The German striker has played an instrumental role in Hannover’s survival this season following their promotion to the top-flight by scoring 13 goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances. Only 4 players in the German top-flight have notched more goals than Hannover’s top-goalscorer this season, so it’s easy to understand why Newcastle have taken a shine to him.
Considering that Benitez prefers to play with just one striker upfront and Gayle has already established himself as the club’s first-choice striker, there’s no doubt that Fullkrug’s arrival at St James’ would force Joselu out of the club after just one season, but the supporters certainly won’t mind that. Joselu has given everything for the cause when called upon this season, however, unfortunately he does not possess the technical ability or the poachers instinct that is needed to become a successful centre-forward in the Premier League.
If the Spanish striker wants to make the most of his career, he should move to a new division next season following unsuccessful spells with two Premier League clubs – whether that be in Europe or elsewhere – as Fullkrug’s arrival will make him surplus to requirements next season.
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