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Joselu, a free high-flying scorer in the market

Joselu, a free high-flying scorer in the market

The Galician forward from Alavés has scored ten of his team’s 16 goals. After exploding in Castilla and going through the Bundesliga and the Premier, in his maturity he is the major league player who wins the most aerial duels and ends his contract.

The forward and top scorer for Alavés, Joselu Mato.D. AGUILAREFE

There are players who find it difficult to earn glory no matter how much a review of their career leads to think that they were always a risk-free bet. That is the case of Joselu Mato. At 31 years old, this Galician has climbed to the table of top national scorers with ten goals, 62.5% of the 16 made by his team, the Alaves,in the fight to get out of the bottom. He is on the heels of Juanmi (11) in the Zarra and looks at the Pichichi a short distance away Benzema (15), the striker whom he replaced on May 21, 2011 in Almería when he debuted with the Real Madrid shirt.

And it is that Joselu, who was born in Stuttgart but grew up in Silleda (Pontevedra) and was born to football at Celta, was part of an overwhelming generation of the Castile who achieved promotion to Second. It was contested with Alvaro Morata the subsidiary’s top scorer title in the 10/11 season and shared a dressing room with Jesse, Nacho, Carvajal -that today is his brother-in-law- or Cheryshev. “We were a great team that could have competed in the First Division,” the forward has confessed on more than one occasion.

However, the doors of the Bernabéu were not opened to him and in 2012 he was transferred to the Hoffenhiem to start a journey through the Bundesliga that also led him to Eintracht Frankfurt to play the Europa League and Hannover 96. “I grew up, I learned and it is one of the best professional experiences I have had,” he recalls of a stage in which he ended the seasons with a dozen goals.

His performance, his wingspan (1.92 meters) and his good passing game led him to the Premier. It premiered at the Stoke city, with the culés Muniesa Y Bojan, but with just four goals he was loaned to Deportivo, where injuries prevented him from shining. That’s when he recruited him Rafa Benitez for him Newcastle. “We know him from Castilla and we know the potential he has, as well as experience in the Premier,” said the Madrid coach in his presentation. He spent three seasons at St. James Park with numbers so discreet that his transfer to Alaves it closed at two million euros.

A “very complete” player … and free

It was in Vitoria where he recovered his best level. On his return to the League he scored 11 goals, as many as last season. 2021 has concluded it with 17 goals, only two less than Gerard Moreno. The ten that he adds up to now place him in one of his best record as a professional.

But Joselu are not just goals. He is the player in the five major leagues that aerial balls wins (144) and the one with the most duels (182) which generates second plays for their teammates. His scoring percentage has given Alavés eight points and only Benzema contributes more.

“He is a very complete player who is at the right moment of maturity to play for an elite European team,” he assures EL MUNDO Luismi Parrot, one of the analysts of Javi calleja in Alavés. «He sets the center-backs, he is good with both legs and has a good header. In addition, he is a perfect complement for other types of strikers because he unloads well in the face and associates well », describes the former player, who sees him as selectable. «Could contribute the same as Fernando llorente gave Del Bosque, a variant against lateral centers.

Joselu has dressed the Red as under-19 and under-21, and even turned to be international with Germany, something that he ruled out. For now, he is focused on getting Alavés out of relegation before ending his contract in June. The Seville He knocked on his door this summer, but the people from Vitoria did not accept the transfer except for the clause and opted for Rafa mir. Today, in the best moment of his career, he can already sign his future.

Reference from elmundo