Despite their stunning resurgence over the past few months, Newcastle United have had to be pretty ruthless over some of their players to find and stick to the winning formula that kept the club in the Premier League once again.
Indeed, while the Magpies have obviously thrived with an excellent striking partnership of Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, their former striker Joselu has been sidelined to make way for this exciting partnership.
The 29-year-old’s been frozen out the team ever since the turn of the year, only playing nine minutes in the Premier League this season. Gone are the days when the Magpies relied upon him to lead the line. Thank the high heavens for that.
To be fair, it’s actually hard to blame Joselu all that much. He just isn’t that good at football. Not many people in the world are and to expect him to score the goals to keep a side such as Newcastle in their current state in the top tier of English football is somewhat ridiculous.
So, thanks to Rondon’s excellent partnership with the resurgent Perez, Benitez hasn’t really needed his fairly blunt Spaniard either.
As a matter of fact, he isn’t necessary at all anymore. There’s a very good chance he’d be sold after this season (as per Football Insider), as Joselu’s now deemed surplus to requirement. Unfortunately, Benitez doesn’t rate his talent anymore and clearly feels he’s too inconsistent or lacking in front of goal to trust.
The Spaniard’s not suited Newcastle’s new system well, with his poor link-up play, creativity or chemistry with team-mates costing him. Still, he could probably find a resurgence if he moves back to Spain. The 29-year-old thrives (kind of) playing forward all by himself and should move to a club which is in desperate need for a powerful, efficient striker like himself.
Good luck to him. A limited player is a limited player, after all. There’s just not much he could do. It’s just that all of us who are about as good as him don’t get paid the reported (SpotRac) £40kp/w he does.
Unfortunately, the Premier League was just too intense for him to thrive.
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