Newcastle have signed Spanish striker Joselu from Premier League rivals Stoke City for a fee believed to be around £5 million. This deal comes after Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez vented his frustration about the lack of new faces at St James’ Park.
Joselu was actually the Potters’ top scorer throughout pre season with 4 goals. He scored braces against Bolton and FC St. Pauli, but that wasn’t enough to prevent Mark Hughes selling him to what arguably could be their close rivals this season. Last season he was out on loan in Spain with Deportivo where he scored 5 in 20 La Liga appearances.
Here’ what Benítez said:
“We have known Joselu since his days at the Real Madrid academy, and we know that he has the potential to do well for us.Obviously he has experience of English football and the Premier League and that was another thing we took into consideration. He knows and accepts the challenge we’ve given him at Newcastle United and he’s keen to come and fight for a position in the team.”
Fantasy Football Potential
In the 2015/16 season Joselu played around 1,100 minutes of Premier League action and scored a respectable 56 points which is a decent return considering the amount of games played. However he couldn’t cement a regular place in Mark Hughes’ starting eleven which forced Joselu away from Stoke.
Joselu is priced at 5.5m, meaning he could make a great option for a 3rd striker to help free up some budget to be used elsewhere in the squad. It’s more than likely that he will not start against Huddersfield due to him only just signing, but after that I fully expect him to be partnered up front with Dwight Gayle, which could become a deadly duo.
Newcastle’s next five fixtures are as follows; Huddersfield (A), West Ham (H), Swansea (A), Stoke (H) and Brighton (A). These next five fixtures could potentially be tempting for FPL managers as a set of fixtures may not come any easier than that for Newcastle, including the two clubs that were promoted with them.
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Written by Harry Clark (@HarryClark67)