Joselu scored multiple goals in his debut match for the Spanish national team. It is a new phase in football life at the age of 33.
On the 26th (Korean time), Spain, who played the first leg of Group A of the Euro 2024 qualifiers at the Estadio La Rosaleda in Malaga, Spain, won a 3-0 victory over Norway. Norway is a team that has players who have been active in the big leagues, such as striker Alexander Sohrlot and midfielder Martin Ödegaard, at the center of the attack, although their flagship striker Elling Hollan is out due to injury.
Spain’s main striker Alvaro Morata was held scoreless. Coach Luis de la Puente, who made his debut that day, put Joselu in place of Morata in the 36th minute of the second half.
And Joselu showed his scoring ability without regret after about 10 minutes. In the 39th and 40th minutes of the second half, he scored consecutive goals just one minute apart, leading the team to victory.
Joselu’s career as a player was bumpy. The German-born Joselu made his professional debut at Celta Vigo and also came to prominence in the Real Madrid second team. However, he failed to settle into the Real first team. He has since played for Espanyol this season after going through Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt, Hannover 96, Stoke City, Deportivo La Coruna, Newcastle United and Alaves.
When he moved to Newcastle after being recognized for his skills to some extent, he only scored a total of 6 goals in the league over two seasons and was only stigmatized as a striker without scoring power. However, after leaving Newcastle and returning to Spanish La Liga in 2019, his form improved even at the age of 30. After passing 10 league goals for the first time in the 2019-2020 season, he has scored more than 10 goals in 4 consecutive seasons so far. In particular, this season, he moved to Espanyol and even though the season is still in progress, he is showing his greatest scoring power in his life with 12 goals in 23 matches. De La Fuente, who noticed this performance, selected him for the national team.
The absence of a striker has been a major concern for Spain in recent years. If Joselu continues to play for the national team, it can be an alternative. He doesn’t just score goals, he is a tall striker who has the advantage of link play, so he has a good style to match with his brilliant midfield teammates in his national team. In Spain, there is also a case where an attacker who rose to stardom late in life played an active part in a major tournament. In the case of Daniel Guisa, after becoming the top scorer in Mallorca in the 2007-2008 season, he showed impressive scoring power in the finals of ‘Euro 2008’ held immediately after, contributing to the championship. 토토사이트
Joselu’s next schedule is an expedition to England. It is not England, where Joselu played, but we will play an away game in the second leg of the qualifier on the 29th against Scotland, the same country as originally. It’s a chance for Joselu to show the British his true self.