The news of Joselu’s signing for Real Madrid may have come as a surprise to many English fans. Those who remember his underwhelming stints with Stoke and Newcastle may have overlooked his impressive career resurgence in Spain.
Having demonstrated his ability to find the back of the net consistently in LaLiga over the past few seasons, Joselu has returned to the club where he began his journey as a footballer.
As we anticipate Joselu’s official arrival at Real next week, let’s delve into the details of this deal and what we can expect from this experienced marksman.
Carlo Ancelotti finds himself short of strikers with the departures of Mariano and Eden Hazard this summer. Securing the services of Joselu makes perfect sense, given his impressive performances in LaLiga during the past four seasons.
During his three-year tenure at Alaves, Joselu managed to score an admirable 36 goals in 113 games, despite playing for a struggling side that was ultimately relegated in the 2021-22 season.
Moving to Espanyol, he emerged as the third-highest goal scorer in LaLiga last season, surpassed only by Robert Lewandowski and Benzema himself.
Although his 16 goals in 34 games couldn’t save Espanyol from relegation, Real Madrid has ensured that Joselu continues to compete at the highest level by securing a one-year loan deal.
This year, Joselu finally earned his first cap for Spain, netting three goals in four appearances for his country.
This marks Joselu’s second stint with Los Blancos, having previously scored 40 goals in 73 games for Castilla and finding the net twice in two first-team appearances between 2010 and 2012.
During his presentation at the Bernabeu, the 33-year-old expressed his delight at his unexpected return, saying, “Today may be one of the happiest days of my life.
I always dreamt of coming back. I am extremely proud to have this opportunity at this great club. I’m not here to replace anyone; I’m here to contribute and enjoy. Karim’s achievements are well-known, and I recognize the level he has brought to the team.”
“I consider myself a more physical player who thrives in the penalty area. My experiences in the Premier League and LaLiga have contributed significantly to my growth as a footballer.
I have proven myself at the national level, and I aim to bring that same level of performance here. I come to aid and offer everything I’ve learned.
As for the arrival of additional players, I am not the one to decide. I am eager to get started and I am at the coach’s disposal.”
While Joselu may have aspirations for a starting role, all indications suggest that he has been brought in as a backup option.
Real Madrid has been linked with top-tier strikers like Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane as potential replacements for Benzema. However, even if such a superstar signing materializes, Joselu is a perfect fit as an understudy.
His consistent goal-scoring record in LaLiga, even with teams languishing at the lower end of the table, highlights his reliability.
Real Madrid has struggled to find a suitable replacement for Benzema in the past, often resorting to deploying Hazard or Rodrygo out of position when the Frenchman was unavailable. Regardless of who takes the lead in the attacking role, Joselu represents a quality alternative.