Newcastle fans left surprised by Joselu's display in Spurs defeat

Joselu of Newcastle United scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 11, 2018 in Newcastle...

Joselu has come in for a lot of criticism since joining Newcastle United, but he impressed the supporters on Saturday.

Joselu of Newcastle United scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 11, 2018 in Newcastle...

While Rafa Benitez appears to have got little wrong since taking over at Newcastle, one decision he made that many of the supporters have seemingly struggled to get their head around was the call to sign Joselu and then keep the Spaniard while allowing the likes of Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic to leave St James' Park.

Joselu scored just four league goals last season and his performances often saw him slated by several members of the Toon Army. But after Newcastle's spirited performance against Tottenham on the opening day of the new Premier League season, it appears that the 28-year-old may have an opportunity to start winning his critics over.

 

It was a defeat for the Magpies against Mauricio Pochettino's men, but Joselu showed some real glimpses of quality. His glancing header cancelled out Jan Vertonghen's opener, and there may not be too many better passes than the one that saw the former Stoke man play Kenedy in with the outside of his boot during the second-half.

Unfortunately, the Brazilian was unable to take advantage of the sublime pass, but the ball clearly stuck in the mind of many Newcastle fans following the game.

Joselu of Newcastle United celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on...

There was still some criticism for Joselu. However, many accept that he is never going to leave Alan Shearer with something to worry about regarding his goalscoring records on Tyneside and are pleased to see the work-rate from the striker.

Benitez has plenty of strikers at his disposal so it would probably be little surprise if he considered a change for the Magpies' next game, but many supporters were clearly impressed by Joselu and feel that he has staked a claim to keep his place.

Manager of Newcastle United Rafa Benitez during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 11, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United...

Here is what some of the Newcastle fans made of the forward's display against Spurs...

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch