After watching him during Saturday’s FA Cup defeat at St James’ Park, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Joselu is the ‘least mobile centre forward in the country’.
In his latest piece for the Times, the Irishman even said it was like watching himself when he was ’37 or 38′ – suggesting he was anything but impressed by the Spaniard.
Josely takes plenty stick – and some of it I see on social media is below the belt and despicable – but he really isn’t good enough. Saturday was yet another example of just how much we tend to struggle when he’s up top.
Here’s what Cascarino has had to say when reflecting on Saturday’s game:
“Joselu is the least mobile centre forward in the country and just highlights how little depth this Newcastle United squad has.
“He is like me when I was 37 or 38. The Spanish striker, 28, was poor again in their 2-0 defeat against Watford, who made 11 changes to their starting line-up.
“You know you’re in trouble when your opponents name a second-string team and you still can’t get near them.
“The lack of quality in Rafa Benítez’s squad is mind-boggling and you have got to feel sorry for those 50,000 supporters who turn up to St James’ Park week in, week out to watch their team lose.”
A part of me feels sorry for Joselu. He’s put in the firing line in a league that he’s simply nowhere near good enough to play – all because Ashley didn’t back Benitez, leaving him to sign a £5m striker.
Ok, Rafa appears to have signed a player who was never going to perform, even as a back-up option, but in a world where average strikers now cost £15m, Joselu’s goal record of about 4 goals a season is about right!