Interesting Joselu claim: “We have good players and very good strikers”
Joselu made the difference on Saturday.
Despite his hard work and decent link-up play, the Spanish striker had made a habit of not taking decent chances.
Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez took over that mantle against Swansea as they missed a handful of decent opportunities.
It was left to Joselu making his 20th appearance (including 17 starts) of the season to come off the bench and score an equaliser after only four minutes, scoring from a difficult angle and with a defender and goalkeeper in front of him.
That goal was only his second in the last three and a half months and made him Newcastle’s top goalscorer with four goals, not difficult to see whereabouts NUFC have a serious problem.
Despite the lack of goals, Joselu has declared ‘We have good players and very good strikers and a very good squad.’
Newcastle certainly seem to have a squad/team that is good at trying but in terms of quality the fans aren’t quite so convinced.
Not that any/many are complaining about Joselu, with Rafa forced to look for what he could get for £5m, whilst even Championship clubs such as Middlesbrough were spending £15m on a forward, we weren’t expecting miracles.
Even a brief glance at Joselu’s career would tell you that regardless of what else he will give you, a lot of goals was very unlikely.
He turns 28 in March and the fact he has never played more than one full season in any first team highlights he hasn’t really got the quality to be a top goalscorer.
In fact, one more goal and this will be his equal third best season for league goals.
He would then target his best ever two in top flight football, when he scored eight Bundesliga goals for Hannover 96 in 2014/15 and nine Bundesliga goals for Eintracht Frankfurt in 2013/14.
If any of Newcastle’s strikers can get to double figures this season then it would go a long way towards the target of Premier League safety.
“For every striker, it is important to score goals, and more when you take points, and better when you win, but one point is better than nothing.
“It is my first goal in 2018 but I want to score more to try to help the team, the squad, to (help) stay in the Premier League next season.”
“We have good players and very good strikers and a very good squad.
“You are very nervous on the bench but that is football and the Premier League.
“When you miss chances and concede goals, you lose points.
“We need to stay together, we need to keep going.
“I try to do my best every game but the manager told me I was on the bench, that is a decision for the manager.
“We need to stay together, we are a team and all the players are happy.
“I try to do my best every game, I try to help Newcastle United, that is my job.
“I had one chance and I scored.
“When you create chances and don’t score, it’s normal that you are frustrated – that’s football.
“We know how difficult the next game is (at Manchester City), but in football everything is possible.”
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