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Joselu move back to La Liga ‘Almost completed’

3 years ago

Late last month there was widespread reporting in the Spanish media that Joselu was set for a return to La Liga.

The striker clearly having no future at Newcastle United, no matter who is the manager, or indeed the owner, come August.

The 29 year old has only started one Premier League game (Liverpool away) since September and only two brief substitute appearances in the PL in 2019.

Indeed, the final couple of months saw him fail to even make the bench.

Alaves are the club it is claimed Joselu is going to and Thursday has brought a number of updates from Spain.

Newspaper AS report that the Newcastle striker has ‘almost completed his arrival’ at Alaves.

Whilst Mundo Deportivo are saying that ‘it is only a matter of time’ before the 29 year is unveiled as an Alaves signing.

The La Liga club are in the process of a major transition, having appointed a new manager and currently only having 15 players under contract, especially short in midfield and up front as players have left.

Only five PL starts in total in 2018/19, a far cry from his first season when Joselu played in 30 of the 38 PL games of 2017/18, including 19 starts.

Joselu has done a job, up to a point, with a budget of £5m to bring in a centre-forward in summer 2017, we were never going to get a world beater.

He made a handful of starts last season as Rondon arrived so late and lacked fitness, Joselu making only one start after September 2018 away at Liverpool.

In 46 Premier League appearances, the striker has scored only six goals, ironic that three of them came against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Alaves ended up 11th in the table last season but only two of the clubs who weren’t relegated scored less than their 39 La Liga goals.

Joselu’s previous La Liga form saw him score one goal in only six minutes with Real Madrid, then on loan from Stoke he scored five goals in 20 La Liga appearances in 2016/17 for Deportivo.


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