Newcastle confirmed, via their official website, that the 29-year-old attacker had left St James Park in order to join Spanish club Alaves for an undisclosed fee.
“Very happy to be part of this great club. Let the good begin!” wrote the forward, once translated.
Joselu bidding farewell to the Magpies and saying hello to Alaves saw Magpies defender Lejeune send him a three-word message to wish him all the best.
“Good luck brother,” wrote the centre-back, one translated, via his verified Instagram account.
Lejeune should get used to sending good luck messages to his Newcastle teammates at this rate, as so far the Magpies have sold two players without recruiting anyone. The Magpies have now waved goodbye to Joselu and Ayoze Perez in this window, and you have to think a new attacker will soon be snapped up. While Perez’s exit was more surprising and potentially hurtful to the team’s chances next season, after all, he was the club’s top scorer last season with 13 goals (Source: BBC), Joselu could still end up being missed. The 29-year-old’s record in front of goal may have been terrible during his spell at St James Park, he managed only seven goals in 52 outings, but he is better than having no out-and-out forward to call upon. Joselu may have only averaged a goal every 296 minutes in his 2018/19 campaign, as per BBC, at least he always tried his best. At this rate, the Magpies are going to have to rely on Dwight Gayle, unless a signing is made, and he was so highly rated last season that he was loaned out to Championship side West Bromwich Albion.