“Dear Newcastle United Fans, the time has come to say goodbye. I just can say THANK YOU. Incredible Stadium, city, Club and people. Wish you all the best for the upcoming season,” wrote Joselu via his Twitter account.
This message is typical Joselu. It’s hard to dislike the 29-year-old forward as he always appeared to appreciate playing for the Magpies. The attacker’s message shows how grateful he was to be playing at St James Park on a regular basis and it’s just a nice ending to his Magpies’ journey. While it is a touching message, it is for the best that Joselu is on the move. The 29-year-old’s spell at the Magpies hasn’t exactly been a successful one after all. Joselu managed only seven goals in his 52 outings for the Magpies after joining from Stoke City in August 2017, and never really looked a prolific force for the club. The forward managed just three goals in his 2018/19 campaign and averaged a goal every 296 minutes in his latest season (Source: BBC). When you consider that Salomon Rondon averaged a goal every 218 minutes and Ayoze Perez got one on average every 229 minutes, it shows where the former Magpie ranked. However, given that Joselu always worked hard for the team, there are probably loads of Magpies supporters wishing him well at Alaves.