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Joselu “Of course I want to score more goals”

9 months ago
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Joselu started 19 of the first 26 Premier League matches of the season but once we moved into February, Rafa Benitez decided on an eleven that would take Newcastle to safety, which included Gayle and Perez as the front pair.

With Joselu left on the bench, that team went on a run of five wins and two draws in the next eight games, bringing safety with a handful of matches still remaining.

The record books show that the striker scored four goals all season.

Joselu getting those four goals in 1,716 minutes of Premier League football, at a rate of a goal every 429 minutes, roughly one every seven hours.

No disrespect to the Spaniard but when he signed it was the low point of the summer.

At the time we still held out hope of a goalscorer with pedigree arriving, the £5m Stoke reserve arriving, told us that this was going to be our lot.

An honest player who tries his heart out but as a goalscorer, any sensible person knew we were buying Shola Ameobi and not Alan Shearer.

At the age of 27 and never having reached double figures in the top division of any league in a season, it would have been a miracle if he’d suddenly done it in the Premier League.

Joselu has played a part in what has been achieved this season but is surely one of those players where we have to say thank you and goodbye if we are to move on.

Joselu speaking to the official club site after the 3-0 win over Chelsea:

“We know how difficult it is to win these kind of games but we know how important it is to finalise the classification in the top ten, and we did it.

“It’s a really nice season for us and even better when you finish the season at home and you win 3-0.

“The feeling is better because we have won the last game at home, in front of our fans. That’s very important, because you go on your holidays with a good atmosphere.

“If you lose today, you go on your holidays a little bit upset. I think it’s the perfect day for us because we know how difficult it is to win against a team like Chelsea. They are very strong, so for us it is amazing.

“We’ve had a lot of games when we’ve played good – against Man United, against Arsenal as well.

“We need to keep going for next season now. We need to enjoy the summer, and next season try to do the best thing for us, because we have ambitions in this league.

“We know that every game is difficult because this is the best league in the world and all the teams are difficult to win against.

“I think we need to be more focused in every game and not just against big, big clubs. But I think it’s been a nice season and now we need to enjoy the summer.

“Of course, I am a striker, and of course I want to score more goals.

“But, the strikers do not just need to score – we have another job, behind the goals.

“We had some good moments for the second strikers today, as well. I did something good for Ayo (Perez), and Ayo scored. That is just one thing – we are a team and we need to (keep playing) like this.”
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