Joselu started his first Premier League game for Newcastle United against West Ham, scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 win.

That started a run of being named in the team for 17 of 19 Premier League matches, ending with the 0-0 draw at home to Brighton.

Since December though, the Spanish striker has only started two Premier League games, away at Man City when Rafa picked a damage limitation side, then home to Burnley when a weak Joselu penalty was saved in a 1-1 draw.

Rafa Benitez maybe going for a different style of play, as the Spanish striker is now used from the bench at best.

The Newcastle boss has possibly turned his back on a more route one tactic and instead playing the ball on the deck, with Gayle up front and Shelvey back in the team, along with Kenedy n on loan.

However, one thing you can’t argue with, is that when Joselu was in the team he won his fair share in the air.

A list of those winning the most aerial duels in the Premier League has just been published today.

Using official Premier League data from EA Sports, Talksport have put together this list of the five PL players to win most of those aerial duels this season:

224 Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)

189 Peter Crouch (Stoke)

154 Shane Duffy (Brighton)

138 Salomon Rondon (West Brom)

137 Joselu (Newcastle United)

If you go beyond the basic numbers, it gets even better for Joselu.

These are the Premier League starts and sub appearances for each player, with first of all how many PL minutes they have had on the pitch this season:

2065 Benteke (23+2)

1200 Crouch (10+14)

2593 Duffy (29+0)

2182 Rondon (25+4)

1617 Joselu (19+6)

In terms of how often each player wins an aerial duel, Joselu is actually third highest.

The Newcastle striker winning a header on average every 12 minutes, with only Crouchy (every 6 minutes!) and Benteke (9 minutes) ahead of him.

Rondon is every 16 minutes and Duffy every 17 minutes.

  • Rich Lawson

    And if he could play on the ground as well ?

    • TheNutJob

      that would help

    • pedrodelgardo

      He would have cost far far too much.

  • NUFCDan

    Be interesting to compare this to Mitro’s stats from the season we went down.

    • TheNutJob

      that would be Clarko`s department

  • RAFmag

    Jackie, what a rediculously pointless article. How many headed goals has he scored if he is that good in the air? I look for positives in all players, but this is a stretch.

  • TheNutJob

    ah ha, it`s all about where the said ball ends up isn`t it.

  • Dillon Tovak

    We never ever put crosses in the box so it’s irrelevant how good he is in the air, we play to his feet and he’s rubbish with those.

    • TheNutJob

      looks like he wears Dr Martens

      • Dillon Tovak

        Caked in concrete.
        He’d probably be good on site as apparently he’s a hard worker.

  • 1957

    It tells us nothing about his actual contribution especially since one of the comparators is a CB.

  • Leazes.

    Do you notice something Jackie….the good tems aren’t there….. they keep the ball pinging along the surface….the fools!

    • TheNutJob

      that was a good spot

  • thewildchimp

    If only he had someone to pick up the headers… It’s obvious that Benitez doesn’t like target men.

  • Joselu is great at bringing up play and controlling the ball from the air, we all know that. With an intelligent, quick and well positions poacher playing alongside him we could do great (like Heskey and Owen). Unfortunately, we don’t have such a player and to buy one we would have to pay 25m+