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.

Joselu:

“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.”



  • Peaky Magpie

    The Hoss is prolific now,I make it at the current rate he’s only got about 60 seasons to go before he catches Big Al…….Feed the Hoss……

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Shoot the Hoss more like

      • Peaky Magpie

        Poor lad,I bet he still thinks he’s Raul when he’s training…..I was always Supermac myself ……

        • Damon Horner

          I was Shola. I had a depressing childhood :(

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂😂😂😂 So funny 😂

        • kingfisher

          I wanted to be Supermac, but me legs were too straight.He couldn’t stop a pig in a passage 🐖🐖🐖😁

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂😂

  • ghostrider

    I feel a bit sorry for Joselu.
    He’s no top striker…we all know that but he’s a good honest grafter who is tasked with the biggest pressure.
    He’d be crucified if he was bought for 30 million but seeing as he was bought for 5 million I can cut him plenty of slack.

    However, that doesn’t solve the real issue.
    The real issue is, Rafa needs to be more positive and take more offensive risks and play to the strengths of who he puts out.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I don`t feel sorry for him at all, he & his ilk will once again see us in the Championship
      Nufc will never learn, even after 2 relegation`s under Fatso they refuse to buy a striker of note

      • Paul Patterson

        Yeah, but that’s not Joselu’s fault. He simply shouldn’t have been on our radar. I agree totally with your latter point. We STILL haven’t replaced Demba Ba in January 2013.
        If you need a lifeguard to look after your pool and they want 12 pound an hour and you only want to pay 8 pound an hour, then you can’t complain when you hire the cheaper option but have to make do with someone who isn’t qualified and needs training up to the right standard.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Joselu would throw them an anchor

      • ghostrider

        Under Rafa he refuses to buy a striker of note. This is Rafa’s doing, not Ashley and co’s.
        When you spend your money on anything but what you really need then you can’t then blame someone else for it.

        He bought Spanish Joselu. Not the lads fault he was bought and the lad is 5 million so we all knew what to really expect.

        Ashley’s fault?……Not a chance mate.
        When you have players in the cold that can actually do a better job if given the perseverance, then you are failing.
        5 million a year this plank is on.

        5 million a year for a manager that can’t get a football team to play football correctly and doesn’t seem to know what players are more effective in what positions.
        The man is a clown.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    2 goals in 3 and a half months
    Wonderful

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Some of the chances we have missed it does not matter what division we are in
    they were comfortable chances which should have been put a way or we hit the post or the bar. Everton and Bournemouth at home they both should have been out of sight perhaps Brighton two. Could have easily been sitting on thirty three points if we had taken our chances in these three games and Swansea on Saturday and every one would be saying how good we are. Still think we will get a couple of away wins and a draw so that means we need to get three home wins from somewhere by attacking the other team not defending.

  • G Doon Unda

    Don’t want to sound ungrateful, as every goal is precious at the moment, but you have got to be ……… kidding me. Only at the Toon! Fair do’s though, he is a grafter, as for a striker though, I’d have Arma over the Hoss.

  • Soldier

    one look at this guy & is it any wonder we`re going nowhere fast, good players & very good strikers. he`s probably talking about our next opponents.

  • Paul Patterson

    Er, the evidence suggests otherwise . .

  • Soldier

    rumour has it Rafa will walk if there`s no new players coming in, i wonder if wor lass stated that one as well

    • Paul Patterson

      I don’t think he will. He will stay until the end of the season.

      • Soldier

        he`ll be gone in May then as we`ll be in the championship again

        • Paul Patterson

          Yeah, he won’t put up with it after that.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Bet he doesnt…..he doesnt have the bottle….he will stay and continue to be fattys b1tc4….collecting his 5 mill a year hush money

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂

    • Peaky Magpie

      I think you’ll find Fat Ash started that rumour 😁😁

  • hetonmag

    Different day but the same old Shyte by the same faces on this forum, doesn’t make any difference if he wears the shirt to the best of his ability he will always be pilloried on these pages, call yourselves supporters.

    • anyobrien

      Your right mate think I’ll take a break from this place its gone daft… I hope the haters get what they want… Enjoy

      • TheNutJob

        forums are meant for different opinons, it would be very boring indeed if we all agreed on anything

        • anyobrien

          Ya reet nut job but it’s just the same thing in out everyday… You na what a mean?… I’ll pop in after gamez.

        • hetonmag

          Agreed but certain poster’s rehash the same verbal Shyte every take Jos he has been pilloried day in day out it just gets really boring.

          • Soldier

            you post the same shyte every day, village idiot

          • hetonmag

            It’s a Town not a Village Dummy.

    • TheNutJob

      he simply isn`t good enough for this league if you think otherwise you need to follow another sport

      • hetonmag

        No I follow the team I love and have done for many years, yes he has limited ability but it is what it is and he won a point for us on Saturday which could be important come the end of the season.

        • TheNutJob

          we should have been out of sight by half time lack of quality is costing us dear. a point a game at home will see us relegated

        • Mitros gotta start

          Aye….but i bet he has cost us 10 with all his misses

          • hetonmag

            I’m loathe to respond to you but here goes name the games and misses where he has lost is 10 points.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Every game he has started that he has missed chances in….there are WAY too many to mention

          • hetonmag

            Good reply.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Thought you were leaving?
            You are harder to get rid of than ashley

          • hetonmag

            Where did I say I was leaving you tell more lied than Ashley.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Sorry….wishful thinking

          • Soldier

            he`s useless on a par with you

          • hetonmag

            Brave boy.

          • Phil Yare

            hes referring to all of them apart from swansea when he heroically destroyed them to secure the precious point

  • Soldier

    this guy couldn`t score in an Amsterdam brothel, he`s nearly 28 and his maximum return in a season is 6. whoever bought him wants shooting

    • 1957

      That was Benitez wasn’t it…

      • Soldier

        after the last two windows you don`t know who the hell`s buying them

    • hetonmag

      Another day same idiotic post’s as every other day.

      • Soldier

        oh it`s hetton-le-sh1tholes village idiot, go away you clown

        • hetonmag

          Asked you yesterday where do you live or don’t you know. As I said you have low IQ.

          • Soldier

            I`m stationed in York, i drive 180 miles every home game

          • hetonmag

            Where were you born Dummy can you remember

          • Mitros gotta start

            My uncle lives in south hetton….that near you?

          • hetonmag

            About 4m.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Actually he has moved to Wingate….said hetton was full of kn0b5

          • hetonmag

            Once again you show yourself up with that sort of reply. Ha ha Wingate [email protected]@@in hell.

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂😂😂😂

          • Soldier

            i`ll dummy you, you f##king r etard,

          • hetonmag

            Oh dear violence.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            if you`d read his previous posts you`d know he`s in the Army & from Newcastle

          • hetonmag

            Why don’t you let him answer.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Mackem

          • hetonmag

            Ouch two Dummies on the same page.

    • Phil Yare

      6!! hes well on target to repeat the record

  • 1957

    Hoss tries but isn’t a top level striker, never has been or will be no matter how hard he trains or game time Benitez gives him. If he seriously thinks we have very good strikers (presumably he includes himself) he is delusional.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I wouldn`t give Hoss a game for Hetton-le-Hole
    😂😂😂

    • hetonmag

      Where do you live??

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        St Peters Basin on the Quayside

        • hetonmag

          Not good enough for Jos.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            £190,000 was all i could afford, i don`t earn 30 grand a week for doing nothing like the Hoss

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Isn`t Hetton classed as a civil parish located in the City of Sunderland,
    if i`m wrong let me know.

    • hetonmag

      Where you coming from on that one,is it not right that someone from Hetton should support the Toon.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        your`re a Glory hunter, you should support the team in the area you are born
        Plastic Geordie

        • hetonmag

          See you let yourself down every time been supporting them since 1960, not that I need to explain to the likes of you but I was born in Morpeth and moved to Hetton-le-Hole when I was 8 month old if that makes me a Glory hunter so be it.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Mackem

          • hetonmag

            Good reply Dummy.

        • hetonmag

          [email protected]@@in hell 58 years of being a Glory hunter and still sticking up for the team that’s let me down umpteen times some Glory Eh

        • Phil Yare

          probs got on board when we won the intertoto. glory hunting at its worst

    • hetonmag

      It’s in Tyne &. Wear Dummy.

  • Philippines

    I think he has a lot of plus factors. Good positioning, hold up play, seldom gives the ball away.

    • Phil Yare

      which 2 minutes of football was this?

  • Damon Horner

    Just an observation, why is Rafa apparently responsible for sapping the confidence of the players by saying they’re Championship level and on the flip side, Joselu is apparently unrealistic in saying they’re good players?

  • Phil Yare

    we have also won the champions league 8 times. we are also increasing sjp to 130,000 seats

  • thewildchimp

    The four of them aren’t bad, but only Mitro is anywhere near PL quality and not as a main goalscorer. Perez can double as a ‘free player’ but that’s about it. Gayle is too good for the Championship and not good enough for the Prem, Joss… just… They can’t be used as single strikers in a deep defensive system, none of them. Not on this level. Maybe I’m wrong and they are actually good enough overall but we’ll never know under Benitez. What the team needs is someone like Jermain Defoe.