The Newcastle United supporters have been delighted by the impact of their January signings during the second-half of the season, but they have been far less pleased by the performances of one of their summer signings, namely the goal-shy centre-forward Joselu.
The Magpies quest to sign a centre-forward last summer ended in the signing of a player who has done little to inspire the imagination of the supporters so far. Considering Stoke City were willing to sell Joselu for as little as £4.95 million, the Newcastle hierarchy should really have known that his impact would be minimal at best.
That’s exactly how his career on Tyneside has turned out so far, as 4 goals from 27 appearances in the Premier League suggests he has struggled to make his mark at the club. However, his career at Newcastle may be set to come to a premature end this summer if reports emerging from The Sun are anything to go by.
According to the report, Newcastle are interested in signing Bournemouth’s Norwegian international Joshua King (valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt) this summer. King has impressed for the Cherries this season whilst predominantly operating in a number ten role, but Newcastle’s shortage of talent at centre-forward may force him into adopting a new position next season at the expense of Joselu.
The recent form of Ayoze Perez and Benitez’s explicit appreciation for his talents will undoubtedly limit King’s opportunities in his natural role, so presumably he will be deployed as a striker should he make a transfer to Newcastle this summer.
If that proves to be the case, King will be in direct competition with Dwight Gayle for a starting berth in a lone striker role next season, so there will be little opportunity for Joselu to resurrect his stuttering career with the increase in competition.
Considering the standard of Joselu’s performances so far this season, it’s fair to say that he will not be missed by the Newcastle supporters who have been disappointed by his level of quality, although they do appreciate his work-rate and commitment on the field of play.
If Newcastle want to cement their place in the Premier League for years to come then they will need to improve their squad this summer by signing quality attacking options, such as King, and if they are successful in the transfer market it’s more than likely that the departure of Joselu will be a natural byproduct of the acquisition of new talent.
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