Almost a decade and a half ago, young striker Joselo Mato arrived at Real Madrid Castilla. Like so many youngsters at the academy, the dream was to graduate and, perhaps, become the star of the most decorated club in Europe.
As it happened, within a football giant capable of attracting and attracting millions of football talents from every corner, it did not happen, except for a couple of fleeting appearances in a senior team. However, in the end, it will be just that – nine clubs, over 150 career goals and some hits and misses later.
Joselu rose to prominence as a 33-year-old, shining for Luis de la Fuente’s Spain side, which defeated Croatia on penalties in the UEFA Nations League Final in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This comes after a great season for him personally in La Liga.
Los Blancos have practically completed a deal for the German-born player, with the team expected to give parent club Espanyol €500,000 ($550,000) for a season-long loan. Should he impress, Real Madrid could pay the Barcelona-based club 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) to turn him in permanently – or offer the youngster two opportunities in return, according to Los Pericos. sports.
Real Madrid’s interest was understandable. Yosilo scored 16 goals in 33 league appearances for Espanyol last season, making him the league’s third-highest goalscorer behind usual suspects Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema. Not only that, he did it for a team that was demoted to Segunda after a sub-par 19th-place finish.
His next assignment will be challenging, and his performance will be under a microscope. Unless the Real Madrid board recruits a more exciting name to his post – which seems doubtful after president Florentino Perez said he will be the last this summer – they will need to renew goals lost to Benzema, now linked with Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. Compared to the French, he does not have the same aura. But the in-form Joselo, with better players around him, could deliver the goods when he returns.
Critics will say that this signing does little to revitalize Real Madrid up front, especially when compared to the €103 million ($113 million), and counting spent on Judd Bellingham in midfield. Despite sporting a purple patch, Joselu hasn’t always been so prolific: he failed to establish himself in England with Stoke City and Newcastle United, both in the Premier League, despite being a useful option from the bench.
However, there is nothing for both sides to fear. From a financial point of view, Joselu’s signature package is cheap and low risk. Which Joselu doesn’t think about; He has another chance to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabeu – and as a sophisticated and high-confidence player, he also scored in all four matches against Barcelona and Real last season. He comes with a little baggage too, just as no-nonsense as Benzema.
Of course, the number nine hasn’t lost much since it was linked to the Real. Before the Nations League final, he said as diary During an interview (in Spanish): “I hope that good things come in the future… It’s always positive to connect you with the best teams in the world.”
With the chance to compete for domestic and European trophies, there could be better days for the striker, whose footballing journey began at Celta Vigo. If the past weeks tell us anything, he can perform in Spain and at big events. While playing for Real Madrid, there will be a lot of them.