Newcastle United striker Joselu is set for a £1.7 million move to La Liga side Alaves this summer, ending his two-year stay at the Tyneside club.
The Magpies paid Stoke City £5 million to secure his services in the summer of 2017, and manager Rafa Benitez could have flogged him for double to a Chinese club in January, but lack of attacking options stopped him from doing so.
The former Real Madrid B striker scored four times in 34 league games in 2017-18, and is clearly far from being a top-flight quality.
The 29-year-old is expected to take a drop in wages at his new club, and Benitez could sanction his Newcastle exit regardless of the manager’s future at the club.
The Toon Army have reacted to Joselu’s imminent departure from SJP, and here are some of them from Twitter:
Effort player. Lacked composure in front of goal. Not his fault he had to lead the line. Good price. Wish him well.
— Craig Thomson (@BooBoy_1) June 7, 2019
I'm suprised anyone has even paid that much.
— The Geordie Boot Boy #NUFC (@BootGeordie) June 7, 2019
I don’t think anyone could doubt his effort. It’s just that he really wasn’t very good.
— neilB (@neilTheMagpie) June 7, 2019
Put the effort in, did what he was told too by Rafa. Just wasn’t anywhere near good enough
— Michael Howe (@michaelhowe9) June 7, 2019
A victim of his own mediocrity but you could never fault his effort and he seemed a decent lad
— Neil Truswell (@neiltruswell) June 7, 2019
Fantastic bit of business to get that fee for him and wages off the books ?
— Nufc42 (@nufc42) June 7, 2019
I’m pleasantly pleased/surprised we’re getting £1.7m fee for him. Good honest pro, did his best. Unfortunately just not good enough. I wish him well.
— Andy Hornsby (@AndyHornsby72) June 7, 2019
Commited if not brilliant & certainly not the worst player I've seen play in b&w. Probably decent fee
— shaun johnston (@shauni46) June 7, 2019
Hard worker. No ability to finish. Glad he’ll get playing time somewhere.
— Andy Schultz (@SchultzAndy) June 7, 2019
To be fair he still has a bit of reputation due to the clubs he's played for so it's a reasonable price. Probably be class for a second division European squad
— Joe T. Prosser (@Joetprosser) June 7, 2019
Good deal for all parties I reckon.
— GBH (@graham_hunter68) June 7, 2019
Newcastle could soon have new owners, with a £350 million takeover most likely underway.
Talks are ongoing between owner Mike Ashley and Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan over a deal, and a massive squad shakeup is expected if it goes through.
Senegalese midfielder Mohamed Diame is set to leave at the end of the month, while many more will most likely follow Joselu out should a takeover be sealed.