This may be music to the ears of several fans – and I can understand why given his ability to lead the line at this level – but I still think Rafa would demand we sign a replacement before sanctioning a potential sale.
We are already short of attacking options with Muto at the Asia Cup, Gayle on loan at West Brom and Sorensen also expected to leave on a temporary basis this month. An injury or suspension to Salomon Rondon would leave us desperately short, even if we didn’t sell Joselu.
He gets plenty stick from Newcastle fans and sometimes rightly so based on his frustrating lack of ability, but he puts in enough effort – making some of the abuse he receives totally uncalled for.
He may decide enough is enough and the lure of more money in China is bound to tempt him if the rumours are true, but what he lacks in ability he clearly makes up for in attitude and temperament in Rafa’s eyes.
That doesn’t change the fact he’s just don’t think he’s good enough, however. I can’t see us letting him go until someone else is brought in.