A lot of Newcastle fans were keen to say as this season developed, that all they/we ‘demand’, is a ‘team that tries’.

The Newcastle team bouncing back to narrow defeats by Spurs and Tottenham to win three in a row against West Ham, Swansea and Stoke.

Defeat to Brighton was disappointing but bouncing back with draws in difficult matches against Liverpool and Southampton, reinforced the idea that both as a team and as individuals, supporters were more than happy with the side.

Disappointing, even though narrow, defeats to Burnley and Bournemouth, followed by conceding four at Old Trafford, have tipped the balance the other way for some.

It is only a very small minority who boo or go over the top with comments – but the wider view does support the absolute fact that Newcastle fans don’t only ‘demand a team that tries’.

Step forward José Luis Sanmartín Mato.

Nobody could embody more the ethic of trying as hard as you can. However, he does prove that old adage wrong of ‘the harder you try the luckier you get’.

He tries his heart out, never stops running, but Joselu isn’t very good.

No normal/decent person would slag off the likes of the Spaniard off for his shortcomings, after all it isn’t his fault that he isn’t a Premier League level first choice striker. Much like Shefki Kuqi, Bobby Shinton, Antoine Sibierski, Tony Cunningham, and many other substandard strikers we have seen down the years.

Bottom line is that effort will only get you so far, Newcastle need quality, especially when it comes to key players in the attacking positions.

Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez have been left well short by Mike Ashley when it comes to quality this season.

Whilst today’s visitors were paying £30m for Andre Gray and Richarlison to strengthen their forward line, Rafa was allowed £5m to bring in Joselu to lead the line, as injury/confidence issues surrounded Dwight Gayle.

What we all really want/need of course, and is essential, is to have a ‘club that tries’.

It summed up just what a challenge Rafa Benitez faced under Mike Ashley, when the owner blocked him even bringing in loan players in January, then once again blocked deals Rafa had lined up for the summer window opening. These including of course the loan signing of Tammy Abraham which the manager had set up, before having to turn to a cut price Joselu purchase.

Rafa Benitez said himself this summer that the vast majority of the time the team with the best players wins, that managers can only do so much if they don’t have the necessary quality. Hard work from players and their manager does have a limit on how effective it can be when it comes to results.

We are still looking forward to the day when we have a club that tries and hopefully we can now see that time approaching with Newcastle United takeover talk all consuming.

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  • Rich Lawson

    I’d still like to see Mitro’ who (alledgedly) tries less,but scores goals paired with Gayle today ?

  • East Durham Mag

    Joselu has had a bit of luck, a lot of bad luck, he tries hard and is’nt what fans expect or want for the club. So lets get on his back and destroy his fragile confidence anyway. Its too easy now for keyboard warriors to vent their spleen online. Once it was only at matches now it’s a 24/7 365 days a year pastime. A small percentage of players are horrible bone idle ego maniacs and possibly deserve it. No names mentioned.

    • Martin

      There’s a guy on Twitter, can’t remember his full name, but I think his last name was Singh, he’s a typical Newcastle social media ‘fan’. The most negative so called ‘fan’ I’ve ever come across. With ‘fans’ like him we deserve what we’ve gotten over the last ten years.

      • East Durham Mag

        I sometimes wonder if some of the contributers on here actually support the club. Crucifying the lad on social media isn’t going to help him. I can be critical but this article is a joke.

        • nufcslf

          Social media is the biggest pile of bollocks going in general on all topics and is the most unsociable thing the world has ever come up with to date. Wouldn’t be part of it even if my life depended on it. But I have seen with my own two eyes what a piece of sh*t Cashley is and that Joselu is a shyte footballer and deserves all of the flak he gets. Even though I live in Canada, I wouldn’t step foot anywhere near what used to be by second home until the fat one fu*ks off. I either watch or listen to matches…like today…if not televised, so I can have an honest opinion. I hate just result watchers.Judging by today, there is plenty to worry and critisize about everything Sports Direct United. Take over and a fresh start is desperately needed.

  • Leazes Ender

    It also disproves the Chronicle’s much repeated myth that Rafa was in sole charge of transfers…..

    …. Ryder, Ryder…. pants on Fire.

    • Martin Rooney

      Not the Chronicle;s but Rafa himself said it he has the final say in every transfer.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        that`s good, then Fatso closes the till & says there`s 5 mill, who has the final say then

        • Martin Rooney

          He does, his control is very apparent
          1. The club has nowhere to hide it’s made public knowledge he can spend all cash the club makes.
          2. The players he’s bought are clearly his buys and on the whole they are pretty awful. Joselu isn’t as good as armstrong never mind Gayle or Mitro.
          P.S there was more than £5m to spend you will recall they have since spent a further £6m. Not spending it would have given him more cash in jan or next summer. Save for Ritchie Merino and Yedlin, few are of premier league quality Yesterday was a great example of what could have been bought with the money he has had at his disposal. Streets ahead.

  • Martin Rooney

    Nice to see we got both spurs games out of the way

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The man with the money dictates who we buy

  • 1957

    Sibierski was streets better than the Hoss

  • Paul Busby

    Joselu tries hard to make sure he’s in positions where the ball will never actually get to him.