When Real Madrid announced the loan of Joselu, many saw it as a simple piece-by-piece exchange for Mariano Díaz, who had had a very poor career at the white club for five seasons. However, Joselu’s performance so far has pleasantly surprised fans and he has proven to be a valuable addition to the team.
Joselu, a forward known for his aerial game and a good target man was presented with the number 14 instead of the number 9, which became vacant after the Real Madrid transfer market. This made it clear that he was not expected to be an undisputed starter on the team.
Despite having played only four games so far, Joselu has already surpassed Mariano Díaz’s performance from the previous season. Mariano barely played 155 minutes last season, without goals or assists. On the contrary, Joselu has already contributed with an assist and a goal in his account and could have had more success if it were not for the skills of the rival goalkeeper on some occasions.
Joselu is worth two
What makes Joselu’s performance even more surprising is that he matches the combined output of Mariano and Eden Hazard, who together only scored one goal in 392 minutes. Additionally, Joselu has provided assists on two occasions, demonstrating his versatility on the field.
Vinicius’ injury in the first minutes of a match was a twist of fate that gave Joselu more time on the field. Despite his profile as a finishing striker, coach Carlo Ancelotti has essentially maintained the same tactical design for this season, allowing Rodrygo to have more freedom of movement in attack.
Joselu will have at least two more games to improve his numbers before Vinicius’ possible return. However, the question that arises is whether Ancelotti will continue to opt for the formation with two forwards or if he will choose to surround Joselu with two wingers to supply him with balls.