Joselu is certainly surprising Newcastle fans, having been brought in as what looked a desperation signing by Rafa Benitez.

With the United boss blocked from spending big money, worries about the quality of Mitrovic and fitness/confidence of Dwight Gayle, meant that Rafa was pushed into making the bargain £5m signing from Stoke City.

There is also wider recognition for the Spanish striker with the official Premier League site running a feature pointing out the players with most shots on target this season so far.

There are four who top that with nine attempts on target so far:

Joselu – 9 shots on target in 188 minutes of Premier League football

Mohamed Salah – 9 shots on target in 251 minutes of Premier League football

Harry Kane – 9 shots on target in 355 minutes of Premier League football

Romelu Lukaku – 9 shots on target in 360 minutes of Premier League football

Remarkably, Joselu has had as many shots on target as these players who play for three of the most attacking/dominant clubs BUT more than that, he has had as many strikes on target as Kane and Lukaku despite playing half as many minutes.

When it comes to having a shot, Joselu once again has impressive stats, with a shot every 15.7 minutes, the top three in the Premier League being:

Harry Kane has a shot every 12.7 minutes

Joselu has a shot every 15.7 minutes

Romelu Lukaku has a shot every 18.0 minutes

His all round game is also a bonus, as for Newcastle United he is also joint-third for chances created, with five.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    It`s goals that count not the shots on target

    • Mxpx

      Took the words out of my mouth

    • Jimblag23

      Still it’s encouraging.
      You’ve got to buy a ticket and all that.

      • Soldier

        not really, it means he can`t score even though he has shots on target, what does that tell you.

        • ghostrider

          But he has scored and given the opportunities to keep hitting the target, he will become more confident and will definitely score more.
          He could end up being fairly prolific this season.

    • Down Under Mag

      If he’s getting shots on target then it’s a safe bet that the goals will follow.

      • Soldier

        no it doesn`t one game last season a team had 37 shots on target & didn`t score

        • Geordiegiants

          That definelty wasn’t us then.

        • Down Under Mag

          One game….yes it isn’t always going to be a direct correlation BUT I bet if teams had 37 shots on target in another game they would walk away with a hatful. It’ snot about single games it’s about the course of a season…and it stands to reason that if you have a lot of shots on target then you are more likely to be scoring goals than if you don’t have any shots on target the whole game :)

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    He has got himself into some great positions just a matter of time before the goals start to flow. The header saved on Sunday will not happen every week. Gets into great positions just needs to put them away. Also got Gayle and Mitro so exciting times to be a Newcastle supporter.

  • Alex

    Certainly worth a tenner bet to score against his old club this weekend.

    • Kneebotherm8

      9/4 to score anytime, 13/2 first goalscorer.
      Both best odds bets with Bet365,who,as we all know,are Stoke city sponsors,I’ll definitely have a tenner on anytime.

  • John Partland

    If you’ve seen his shots on target, you wouldn’t be bigging this up, I’m sorry this season there have been several shots where it was more hit and hope for the best, all straight at the keeper, when he had team mates in support in good positions to create a real goal scoring opportunity but instead he got his “shot on target” which didn’t test the keeper at all. Out of those 9 I’d be surprised if 4 of them caused the opposing teams keeper a problem. I for one would rather see less shots on target and more shots that force the keeper to make a proper save. I could kick a ball towards the goal and have it comfortably saved by the keeper most times. A professional footballer should be actually picking his spot and properly testing the keeper as opposed to just getting the shot “on target” as much as I want Joselu to do well and I’m going to support him, I’m not going to get carried away and praise him for the shots he’s taken, as a fair few of them have been weak and actually killed the teams attacking move when he had options. Hopefully he has a blinder on sat and puts stoke to the sword. But he won’t do that simply by getting his shots “on target” they need to be powerful or accurate shots on target that force the keeper into a proper save.

    • Andy Mac

      Good point well made

    • mentalman

      most strikers will have a high percentage of their shots as hit and hope

  • Sean Lynch

    The lad hasn’t seen much competitive time on the pitch in the past few years and is only just starting to get a run in the team with us. So it’s understandable that he hasn’t been lashing in 40 yarders week-in week-out.
    I’ve been impressed with the lad and while I must agree with JP’s comment on how much power some of those shots on target have behind them, I’ve noticed Joselu rarely misses the target.
    In fact there is one vital missing stat, that is conspicuous by it’s absence here.
    I don’t care about Kane et al, but what percentage of Joselu’s shots are on target?
    I’d be surprised if it’s less than 80% and would expect it to be something closer to 90%.

  • Leazes Ender


    Does that also make Paco United’s most successful manager ever……

    The problem isn’t statistics as oft, quoted …. its idiots like you who misuse them to back up a daft premise.

    • Jimblag23

      I disagree and think Allardyce is englands most successful manager and David Nugent our most prolific striker.

  • TwinFire

    Hope Mitro is reading…

  • Toonrobbybobson

    I like the fact hes manufacturing those attempts with his movement, holdup and link up. Some of them shots have been weak but as with the likes of Andy Cole you have to just keep going with the chances at least you’re getting them. Hopefully the goals will start to flow. He gets his head on more than Mitro for me and again its his movement. He was unlucky with that header it was just an amazing save. Had that gone in his goals ratio would look amazing as well hahaha. But statistics arenthay. What matters is goals and hopefully they will come.

  • Steve Smith

    What are his elbow to head, and boot to ankle ratios?

  • Leazes Ender

    Give mee strength

  • Steve Pearce

    Blaaah blaaah bladder bladder – one solitary goal so far and goals are what win matches not shots on target.

  • HarryHype59

    He has been better than expected, but let’s not pretend he has the quality needed of a main striker in the EPL!

  • Natturner26

    Because he’s great at passing the ball to the opposing keeper. I hope he turns out great but I’m not sold on his quality yet.