It’s fair to say that Joselu has not been a success at Newcastle. But then again, what can you expect for £5million?
The Spaniard arrived in 2017 from Stoke City, aiming to boost Rafa Benitez’s offensive options.
Since arriving, he has scored just six Premier League goals, and has often felt the wrath of the Newcastle supporters.
While he does try hard, the quality just isn’t there. When Joselu is on the pitch, we seem a lot less likely to score. He is the exact opposite to Salomon Rondon.
The on-loan striker gives everyone a lift, and makes people believe something can happen.
Earlier in the season, the biggest worry if Rondon got injured was that Joselu was our backup striker. Fortunately, the Venezuelan has stayed fit and we haven’t had to rely on the 28-year-old.
He was also a constant presence on the bench, but that hasn’t been the case lately.
Will Joselu play again?
In our last three games, Joselu has only made the bench once. That was the home win over Everton. In the away trips to Bournemouth and West Ham, his place as a sub was taken by Yoshinori Muto.
The Japanese forward is a totally different player. Considering Benitez likes to play with a target man, Joselu’s place as backup always looked safe.
But that is no longer the case.
The fact he can’t even get on the bench every week nowadays suggests that even the manager has lost faith.
While Joselu does have a great attitude and seems like a good bloke, he just isn’t cut out to play for Newcastle.