Robert Lewandowski has a commanding lead for the La Liga Golden Boot after scoring nine goals in seven games for Barcelona.
However, another striker who left Newcastle United for only £2.5 million in the summer of 2019 has quietly and efficiently established himself as one of Europe’s most underappreciated marksmen and might join the prolific Polish striker on the end-of-season podium.
The list of players who are close to Joselu’s heels in the Spanish football scoring lists includes names like Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema, Iago Aspas, Antoine Griezman, and Alvaro Morata.
Joselu has already had his most productive season in the Premier League, surpassing his 14 goals scored for demoted Alaves in 2021/22.
With Espanyol currently sitting just one point above the relegation zone, his eight starts and six goals look all the more amazing.
Newcastle United Flop Joselu Can’t Stop Scoring in La Liga
It’s great to have Joselu on board. After scoring twice in a 2-2 tie with fellow strugglers Cadiz, former Real Madrid youth product and recent Espanyol summer addition Borja Iglesias earned praise from his team’s head coach, Diego Martinez.
The value of what he offers goes far beyond the goals, and for that, we are eternally grateful.
His hold-up skills, his tireless effort, and his command of the line whether working alone or in tandem.
Joselu said to Marca, “I’m glad because the goals help the team add (points).” You’re a competitor at heart. We have a fantastic team, therefore we’ll definitely win next week at home.
Despite scoring only six times in 46 Premier League games for Newcastle United, Joselu is now enjoying the best season of his career.
He’s playing like a legend. Nobody has scored six or more goals in Espanyol’s first eight league games in a new campaign since Rafa Maranon in 1979. Among them are Raul de Tomas, Gerard Moreno, and Raul Tamudo, the club’s all-time leading scorer in the league.
Joselu, now 32 years old, continues to impress Espanyol. This is quite an amazing achievement for a man who appeared to be completely wasted at St. James’s Park.