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‘No offence but I don’t want to hear how hard Joselu says he is working in pre-season’

3 years ago
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There were two major things Newcastle fans learned about Joselu last season.

Firstly, he is a very hard working player who never stops trying.

Secondly, he’s hopeless.

There is a reason why he has never played two seasons in a row, in the first team at the same club.

It is the same reason why he has never scored double figures in any league season.

Joselu is a striker who doesn’t score goals.

However, this is the time of year when after Mike Ashley has blocked any ambition in the transfer market, the usual rubbish starts coming out of the club and local press.

Today I have seen the Chronicle claiming that Achraf Lazaar is going to give it everything to try and convince Rafa Benitez that he can still do a job for him in the Premier League.

This is a player who Rafa quickly judged and realised couldn’t even be trusted to start a game in the Championship.

Next thing it will be an in-depth look on whether instead of going out on loan again, Adam Armstrong can step up and show that Newcastle didn’t need to sign that £20m new striker.

As for Joselu, we are now told in an interview with the club that he is working very hard and determined to do even better this coming season.

The budget signing from Stoke declares that every summer he his intention is to try and score more goals and get more assists than the previous season.

Well, last season Joselu got four goals and one assists in the Premier League, so trying to beat that is a pretty low bar.

In fact it is not just goalscoring that is a massive weakness for him, Joselu has only got 10 assists in his last six league seasons.

I don’t blame the player at all, we all know it is Mike Ashley’s fault that Rafa had to try and buy a first choice striker for £5m last summer, at a time when Bournemouth were paying £20m for a defender!

Joselu tries his best but it is desperate watching him, even Rafa Benitez realised it would be a disaster to keep playing him last season, he didn’t get a start after January.

Bottom line is that as well as the likes of Colback, Lazaar, Saivet and many others who are obviously on Rafa’s discard list, Newcastle also need to move on the likes of Manquillo and Joselu, budget signings the manager was forced to make last summer but who are obviously Championship level, at best.

Joselu talking to NUFC TV:

“Personally, every year I want to do my best and score more goals and make more assists than the previous season.

“It’s difficult in the Premier League to score goals.

“I will try my best in pre-season and try to score more goals than last season to help the club.

“I preferred to train in the summer to come back for pre-season even better.

“If not it would be too hard because you have two training sessions a day.

“I have a friend in Spain and I trained with him, he helped me a lot.

“Now we need to train hard to come back stronger, last season we finished the season well physically and mentally and now we need to come back stronger.

“It is important for me to be with Newcastle this pre-season because it’s the most important time.

“The important thing is to train well and make sure you do things well in the first Premier League game.

“Every game in pre-season is important, we need to play games and come back in the same way as last season.

“Tuesday is the first game and we have been training hard for the games, Tuesday is a good test.

“We have the perfect set-up to do well in pre-season.

“We think the group here is fantastic and last season was amazing, but we train hard to win games and for our fans.”
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