Newcastle United’s Joselu has said that he wants the best for the club and that he wants “to score every game.” Joselu actually had a good performance in Newcastle’s league start against Tottenham scoring off of a header given to him by Matt Ritchie. The goal has obviously given the striker some confidence ahead of the club’s upcoming match against Cardiff.
Joselu, though, certainly has the mentality needed when it comes to losing games; something Newcastle did when they lost to Tottenham despite a strong performance.
“If I play seven games in a row and don’t score and we lose every game and I’m only thinking about these games, it’s not good for me and it’s not good for the team.”
I actually adore this quote. That’s precisely the mentality that we need, but it’s much harder to achieve in practice. But Joselu has plenty of experience going straight matches without scoring, and he certainly doesn’t seem defeated about it, so good for him.
“Trust me, I want to score every game and win three points every game. I want the best for this club.”
As much as I like his confidence, Joselu isn’t going to be the guy that Rafa is relying on for the majority of the season, I believe. Salomon Rondon certainly looked like a threat against Tottenham. However, I do see Joselu getting the start against Cardiff as a reward for his header against the Spurs.
Speaking about being a striker, “All the people focus on you, because you have to score every game. It’s difficult, because this league is so hard. But we have a very good team and very good team-mates.”
He’s not wrong. However, what the fans want isn’t a striker that scores every game (but we’d love to have that) it’s a striker scoring over ten goals a season. Last time that happened in the Premier League? Papiss Cisse in the 2014-2015 season. If that seems like a long time for you, that’s because it is. Yet, he wasn’t the last person to score more than ten goals in the Premier League for Newcastle, that was Georginio Wijnaldum in 2015-2016 when the cub got relegated. He scored 11 goals.
Joselu’s attitude is great. And after seeing him nail that header against Tottenham gives me hope that he may be a stronger striker this year than he was last season. But only results on the pitch will tell, and I hope he certainly puts it all out there.