Joselu has had an interesting start to his Newcastle career.

Scoring on his first start in a 3-0 win over West Ham, playing well at Swansea in another victory and seeing a second goal denied by a world class Fabianski save, then a trio of sitters missed against Stoke – thankfully not preventing the eventual third win in a row.

At Brighton though, one close range effort missed and an overall performance that never really threatened, not helped of course by the totally ineffectual Ayoze Perez as his main ‘support’.

It is not exactly the knives are out for Joselu, more a case of the Newcastle fans realising that this is what you get for £5m these days, a Stoke City reserve striker who puts plenty effort in – but who you can’t be relying on as the main goal provider this season.

However, one of his former Stoke teammates has been waxing  lyrical about Joselu, especially his finishing, though it doesn’t exactly bear much relation to reality…

Steve Sidwell talking to BBC Five Live:

“I have got to say, Joselu was probably one of the best finishers at Stoke. Honestly, frightening.

“If you called up any of the lads from Stoke now, they would honestly say he was unreal. Left foot, right foot, any kinds of finish in the air.

“What is encouraging is that having gone to Newcastle, he is getting into the positions to do it and it is only a matter of time.

“If it does click, he will go into double figures.

“At times at Stoke he was a lone striker, doing jobs he maybe didn’t want to do, but I think he has learned now and that mentality has kicked in.

“He knows he has got to put that graft in now but, as far as finishing is concerned, he could do every type of finish…in the box, outside the box, volley, left foot, right foot.

“Honestly – Joselu was superb.”

Well, at the age of 27 Joselu isn’t a kid and this is his sixth season of playing in the top division of a major league (Spain, Germany, England).

Overall in these past six seasons of top flight football, Joselu has scored 32 league goals in 126 appearances (86 starts, 40 off the bench) and got 9 assists.

A player who contributes half a dozen goals on average per season and one or two assists. When he was with Steve Sidwell at Stoke, it was four goals and one assist.

He (Joselu) is what he is, a solid trier who can play a part in Newcastle’s season but can’t be a regular first team player.

Sidwell talks about in training, well Newcastle fans have had plenty of that, even Shola and Obertan were always flying in training, or so we were told by Alan Pardew.

Doing it in the first team is a very different matter.

Joselu career record so far:

2012/13 – 25 league appearances (17 starts 8 as a sub) and 5 goals and 2 assists for Hoffenheim

2013/14 – 24 league appearances (18 starts 6 as a sub) and 9 goals and 2 assists for Eintracht Frankfurt

2014/15 – 30 league appearances (28 starts 2 as a sub) and 8 goals and 3 assists for Hannover

2015/16 – 22 league appearances (10 starts 12 as a sub) and 4 goals and 1 assist for Stoke

2016/17 – 20 league appearances (9 starts 11 as a sub) and 5 goals and 1 assist for Deportivo

2017/18 –  4 league appearances (4 starts 1 as a sub) and 1 goal and 0 assists for Newcastle United

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  • Wor Lass

    I used to use my left foot in training …. honest! Oh, and head the ball!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    That`s a quite appalling record for a striker, another waste of £5m plus salary to add to the long list of dross we have

    • HarryHype59

      He could be going out on loan next season!

    • Mxpx

      Nah we’ll just convince spurs real Madrid are interested and sell him for £30m

  • Steve Pearce

    Steve Sidwell appears to have as much fascination for Hoselu’s rear end as Lee Ryder has for Sissoko’s….

  • foggy

    Best thing to do with Joselu is whisk him off to the hypnotist and get him convinced he’s Alan Shearer

  • HarryHype59

    The signing of Joselu reminds me that in life you get what you pay for!

    It is a a pity Fatman didn’t advance Rafa 10m of the 227m profit he made from Mash holdings, to buy a decent striker for 30m over three years.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      I thought you didn’t want anymore debt?

      • HarryHype59

        I wanted realistic investment to protect the huge income the club will earn if it avoids yet another relegation! Fatman could have easily advanced Rafa the money to bringing a quality striker and staggered the payments over three years.

        BTW there is no actual debt! The £129m is a notional figure created by the fat lad to explain why he paid £260m for a club who had been regulars in the CL in the years before he bought it!

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Harry, comments like that suggest you don’t understand figures very well.

          • HarryHype59

            Actually its you who have don’t have a grasp of the bigger picture! You quote figures from the balance sheet without understanding the context of those figures!

            Ashley’s obsession with short term cost cutting has put the lucrative TV deal for next season at risk.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Harry, I’ve gone through the figures with you at length already. If you can identify the bits you don’t understand, I will help explain it again.

            As for putting us at risk of relegation, I think we have a bet running on that?

          • HarryHype59

            Patronising pedants never understand the “bigger picture”. In my opinion we are 60/40 to go down again this season. If your employer had sanctioned a 30m EPL striker( paid for over three years) the team would be nigh on certain to avoid the drop thus guaranteeing Ashley at least £110m next year.

            The last relegation cost the club around 70m in lost TV money. If he wants to avoid a season if struggle he simply has to face the economic realities and back the manager!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I don’t think the word you’re looking for is “pedant”, I was being more condescending if anything.

            Which £30m EPL striker did you have in mind? Clubs just accept you are going to buy their £30m striker in installments. Benteke could have been tempted, Loic Remy was actually keen. I’m not sure how many others were about.

  • Peaky Magpie

    The lack of a quality striker could ultimately cost us this season.We would not have lost at Huddersfield and Brighton,probably got something against Spurs and totally annihilated Stoke.Lets hope any sale of the club goes through ASAP as we need to spend seriously big in January and we all know Lardy isn’t having any of it.

    • HarryHype59

      Agreed!

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Blimey, the guy has played 4 (?) scored one but as a loan striker he’s managed to keep 2-3 defenders occupied which in our formation is important. By ‘worst’ observation of him is that he can drift wide which is a problem when you are on your own up front.

    • HarryHype59

      At best, he will score around half a dozen goals this season! That is why he cost only £5m. That isn’t enough for a main striker. Granted, he is far better than the likes of the hapless Riviere, but he isn’t good enough to be a first choice striker at this level.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        OK, tell you what, here’s a chance to win your £10 back, double or quits, Joselu will score more than 6 goals this season.

  • HappyToons

    Alan Gowling would be carried onto the pitch on a golden throne these days, compared to Josewho, and Gowling was no SuperMac. Yes I still live in 1976 and ride an orange chopper with a curly wurly in me top pocket.

  • Damon Horner

    Can we not just give the guy a chance?

    He’s only just walked through the door and he is already getting hammered.

    • Buck Blacket

      Agreed. Let’s just hope he doesn’t look at social media or fanzines like this because it will do his self confidence the world of good…….nothing like the backing from your own fans!

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    All of this just to say: Mitro needs to start Sunday.