What Newcastle would give for a striker who could put the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis.
Scoring goals has been something of a struggle for the Toon so far this season, and the club’s strikers must shoulder the blame. Joelinton, the club’s record signing who was brought in from Hoffenheim in the summer, has managed just one goal in 25 Premier League matches, whilst Andy Carroll has not yet struck since returning to St. James’ Park on a free transfer last year.
The whole side, in fact, have managed just 24 goals in the English top flight – only five teams have less – and the failure to bring in a striker during the January transfer window means things are unlikely to get better any time soon.
If only they still had Joselu on their books.
The 30-year-old left the North East for £2.5m last summer after scoring just seven goals in 52 appearances. Now with Deportivo Alaves, he has scored nine times in La Liga – only Luis Suarez (11), Lionel Messi (13) and Karim Benzema (14) have been more prolific, whilst he has managed two more than Antoine Griezmann.
He has been a huge success even in just a short amount of time – he has won 8.3 aerial duels per match, the most in La Liga, whilst he has been Man of the Match eight times as per WhoScored. That has helped his team move six points clear of the relegation zone.
It seems that Mike Ashley and the Newcastle hierarchy may have been a little premature in moving Joselu on, and they certainly haven’t replaced him with any real quality.
As they look for goals in the Premier League, they are likely to be aware of their former player’s exploits in his homeland. Whilst he struggled in England, he has now moved on to bigger and better things.
The Magpies, meanwhile, must go back to the drawing board.