Newcastle United

Transfer flashbacks: Joselu

On the 16th August 2017, Newcastle signed Joselu from Stoke City with the Spanish striker in search of regular playing time in England.

Joselu made 22 Premier League appearances at the bet365 stadium during the 2015/16 season before moving on loan to Deportivo La Coruna the campaign after.

The 28-year-old, however, was keen to return and stay in English football’s top flight following his short stint back in Spain.

And Rafa Benitez gave him the opportunity to do so with plenty of Newcastle supporters on Twitter backing the decision.

£3.6m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Joselu, however, has not delivered since arriving at St. James’ Park.

Last season, he played 30 league games, scoring just four goals, and now looks in danger of finding himself in a similar situation to the one he was in at Stoke.

Joselu has started the new campaign well, already managing to match half of his tally from last term after hitting the back of the net in games versus Tottenham and Chelsea.

With that in mind, the idea of Joselu sitting on the bench may sound bizarre, especially considering the strength of opposition the former Stoke man was able to score against.

But, given that summer signing Salomon Rondon looks close to full fitness and has now had plenty of time to work with Benitez, it is likely only a matter of time before the Venezuelan cements his spot up front.

Like Joselu, Rondon is powerful in the air and can hold up the ball. However, the 28-year-old is superior in practically every other area.

Rondon is much quicker than his team-mate, stronger and a better finisher. Quite simply, Rondon is more of a handful for Premier League defenders than Joselu is.

As well as the Venezuela international, Benitez also has Yoshinori Muto to call upon, which could see Joselu eventually fall even further down the centre-forward pecking order at Newcastle.

Considering all of the above, it is fair to say Joselu has not matched the expectations Newcastle fans had upon his arrival.

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