Real Madrid’s luck in the centre-forward position has been anything but encouraging in recent transfer markets. After all, two of the club’s most recent signings in the department, Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz, were both colossal misfits in the white jersey.
There is a feeling, however, that the third time will be lucky. Los Blancos have signed Joselu from Espanyol ahead of the 2023/24 season and there is hope that he can fill in the shoes of Karim Benzema.
According to reports from MARCA, the Spanish International is up for the challenge. Joselu has arrived at Real Madrid with the firm intention to improve his numbers. The player is convinced that he can do so under Carlo Ancelotti.
Joselu is no stranger to La Liga, and in fact, has a stellar record in the competition. The 33-year-old was after all the third-highest goal-scorer in the league last season with 16 goals to his name. The fact that he was at the heart of a team that eventually was relegated makes his statistics even more impressive.
Joselu required just 34 La Liga games to get to the impressive goal tally. Further, he provided two assists and created two big chances whilst averaging close to three shots on goal per game.
Real Madrid are likely to not make any more moves in the forward department. Kylian Mbappe is Florentino Perez’s dream signing, and bringing in a more established No. 9 would complicate matters if the Frenchman’s arrival materialised.
Ancelotti could thus be forced to see out the season with Joselu as his only option at centre-forward. Yet, that may not be as bad a situation as it first appeared. After all, Joselu’s years of experience coupled with the team’s young Brazilian attack could strike a special partnership.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”