After 8 clubs in 8 years Newcastle’s latest signing hopes this is permanent
After a nomadic lifestyle, new signing Joselu hopes to be staying on Tyneside for some time.
In 2010 he was playing for Celta Vigo, then in order it has been Real Madrid, Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt, Hannover, Stoke, Deportivo and finally Newcastle, making his debut as a sub at Huddersfield.
At the age of 27 and never having hit double figures in the top division of any country, the odds are against the player becoming a big part of the jigsaw when it comes to scoring Premier league goals this season.
However, fans will back both he and the rest of the players just so long as they give it 100%.
Just how much, if anything, we see of Joselu tonight could depend on what condition Dwight Gayle is in.
After looking quite sharp against Spurs, the number nine was way off the pace at Huddersfield, with fans wondering whether it was hamstring/confidence issues, although after the game there were claims that a number of players had fallen victim to a sickness bug.
Joselu replaced Gayle on Sunday and it looks clear that he has been brought in above Mitrovic – the only question now is whether Newcastle can still offload the Serbian and bring in a forward on loan or bought, to be the main goal threat.
Whatever happens, Newcastle fans have seen plenty of players surprise down the years, whatever their price tag, hopefully Joselu can be one of the nicer surprises.
Joselu talking to match programme v Forest (obviously speaking before coming on as a sub against Huddersfield):
“I want to be staying here with my family, staying strong with my football and working hard every week.
“I want to score goals for the supporters, the fans of the club, and help Newcastle to win some games.
“I’m so excited to put the shirt on again, after the photos for the presentation. I want to play in front of our supporters because everyone tells me they are amazing, and the atmosphere is very nice.
“I can’t wait to put the shirt on and play for Newcastle United.
“Me and my wife, we don’t have any problems adapting to different countries.
“We were in Germany, we were in Spain, we’ve been in England, and it’s not a problem to move a lot of times. We’re a very good couple, we stay together and we enjoy it all together – it’s not a problem.
“I learned a lot when I played in Germany, because there were new cities, a new language. I like to learn the language, the culture of the people.
“Then I came to England. It’s different to the others and I’ve learned English. The football is different too, you learn different things, but you have to enjoy it.
“In Germany it’s so hard, the football is hard. They run, and they love when a player runs 15 kilometres in one game – they could lose 5-0, but if the midfielder or captain runs 15 kilometres, (they say) ‘he’s our hero!’
“In Spain, I think it’s more tactical, and in the Premier League, it’s a combination of Spain and in Germany.
“It’s not too hard like Germany, but the players are strong players, and also the games are so fast, but the teams have a lot of quality.”
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