Newcastle United new-boy Joselu keen to make up for lost time

Newcastle United new signing Joselu (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images).
Newcastle United new signing Joselu (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images).

Newcastle United’s latest signing is keen to draw a line in the sand and prove his worth in ‘the best league in the world’.

Joselu joined the Magpies from Stoke City where he netted only four times in 22 Premier League appearances during the 2015/16 campaign.

But the Spaniard believes he is now accustomed to the top flight of English football and wants to show the goalscoring instinct that once saw him regarded as a hot prospect at Real Madrid.

The striker also praised the influence of manager Rafa Benitez and Newcastle’s Spanish contingent in welcoming him to the club, but insisted he won’t be relying on his native tongue as he tries to improve his English.

Having impressed at Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga, Joselu moved to the Britannia Stadium in 2015 and was, at the time, Mark Hughes’ record buy.

While he found it difficult to nail down a starting place, Joselu has consigned that year to the history books and claims that the lessons learnt have prepared him for the challenges that await at St James’s Park.

“It was a new country and a new league for me when I came to Stoke City, but it was a very good experience for me because I want to play in the Premier League.” he said in an interview with nufc.co.uk.

“I signed here because I want to play in the best league in the world.

“I played for three years in Germany before I moved to England and I tried to accommodate to the club as soon as possible.

“My first year was not too easy but it was good for me.

“Coming here now I have the experience of a year in the Premier League and I think it’s a good point for me.

“The first year in England is done and this is the most important thing.

“Now I know the country, the league and the teams and it’s easier for me to know things about the country and the league.”

The striker became Rafa Benitez’s sixth summer buy and admitted that his fellow countryman was a big reason in his decision to join the club.

“I talked with him and everything was good,” he added.

“It’s also a good factor for me that the manager is from Spain for the language and expressions.

“But I am at an English club and I will try to talk with everybody in English.”

There’s a strong base of Spanish players at St James’s Park and the latest addition to that group was welcomed in.

“I said hello to five or six players and spoke with Ayoze (Perez), Mikel (Merino) and (javier) Manquillo as well as the manager and the Spanish staff,” Joselu said.

Joselu arrives at the St James’s Park with a strong pedigree having played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Not least Real Madrid, who handed the striker his La Liga debut in an experience which encouraged him to push on.

“I had my debut in the Bernabeu with one of the biggest clubs in the world and I think this situation helped me to be a professional player now,” the Spaniard admitted.

“It’s Real Madrid. It’s one of the best teams in the world and after that I tried to be a better player and went to a different league in Germany.”