Newcastle United have confirmed on their official website that Joselu has been sold to Alaves for an undisclosed fee.
With Ayoze Perez having been sold, while Salomon Rondon is likely heading to China, as reported by Sky Sports, this leaves Yoshinori Muto as Newcastle’s only senior striker from last season’s squad. Dwight Gayle, meanwhile, has only scored 21 times in 99 Premier League appearances and has been linked with a host of clubs (per the Chronicle) after spending last season on loan at West Brom.
The Spaniard made 52 appearances across two years with Newcastle, in which he scored seven goals.
He only started five Premier League games last season, coming on 11 times, which highlights why Newcastle were willing to sell the former Real Madrid man.
Three goals from eight starts and 11 substitute appearances in all competitions isn’t a terrible return though, so there are signs he could help Alaves, who also signed West Ham’s Lucas Perez this summer.
Having struggled for regular game time last season, first-team football is more likely at Alaves who have lost last season’s main striker Calleri, who started 33 La Liga matches during his loan spell.
It is understandable that Newcastle have let Joselu go, due to his inability to keep a place in the team last season. After all, club legend Malcolm McDonald told the Chronicle back in June that he was amazed the club even signed him in the first place.
”I’m more amazed that he arrived here in the first place.
”Joselu couldn’t even get a game at Stoke City when United signed him and they were heading only one way,” he wrote.
Considering his relative lack of impact on Tyneside, it’s unlikely he’ll be missed all that much though the central striking department clearly needs strengthening even further now.
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