Last Monday, the signing of striker Joselu Mato by Real Madrid was made official. After the important loss of Karim Benzema, Ancelotti‘s team needed a striker and the board has relied on a man of the house.
The goal-scoring position at Real Madrid was empty and, after an intense dance of names, the Whites finally chose Joselu, a guarantee in front of goal. The 33-year-old, who arrives on loan from Espanyol with a non-mandatory option to buy, has scored more than ten goals in four consecutive seasons in the First Division.
Without going any further, this season, Joselu has been the third top scorer in the category with 16 goals, and has become the top Spanish scorer, which has allowed him a place in Luis de la Fuente’s national team, in which he has scored three goals in four games, one of them key to reach the final of the UEFA Nations League that would end up winning ‘La Roja’.
The Galician footballer also knows the white house. During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, he played for Castilla, being a participant in the second of the last promotion of the subsidiary to the Second Division. Joselu, at that time, stood out as the top scorer of the Madrid reserve team, scoring a total of 26 goals.
And not only that. Joselu already knows what it’s like to score with the first team. In his league debut against Almeria, in the 2010-11 campaign, he contributed to an 8-1 win with a goal in the 87th minute, and with only three minutes on the field after receiving an assist from Cristiano Ronaldo.
His height (1.92m) and good head game are some of his most outstanding features, being a great threat up top, something that can work very well for Ancelotti’s vertical and direct style in certain adverse match contexts.
He is also a fairly good and technically adept striker, and stands out for his constant movement. He is far from the typical tower that isolates himself from the game and stays in the box looking for the finish.
In short, Joselu, who will wear the number 14, arrives to contribute something more to Madrid’s commitment to the Spaniards this season and joins Brahim and Fran García. Likewise, the player is a very good option for the forward line, which seems not to be closed after the dorsal 9 was left free.
We will see if Madrid ends up signing one more striker. We will see if Joselu arrives to play the role of Adebayor, Chicharito and company, or if he manages to get a place in the XI.
His goalscoring ability and his experience in different leagues back him up and make him capable of fighting for a place at Real Madrid. In addition, his return to the white club is an extra motivation for him, as he already said in the press conference of his presentation.
Joselu can perfectly complement Real Madrid’s starting 9, fulfill the goal-scoring record that is always demanded from a Madrid striker or give rest to the starting 9, something that never helped the last one to try: Mariano.
Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.
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