Joselu

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Joselu began his career with Celta Vigo being purchased by Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. He was a prolific goalscorer for B Team, scoring 40 goals in 72 appearances but he was unable to break into the first team and was sold to German Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim in August 2012. He spent the 2012–13 season with Hoffenheim and was loaned out to Eintracht Frankfurt in 2013–14. Joselu joined Hannover 96 in June 2014 where he spent the 2014–15 before joining English Premier League side Stoke City in June 2015 for a fee of £5.75 million.

Early life[edit]

Joselu was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and attended school in the country for four years, when his family returned to Spain.[1] He has two older sisters.

Football career[edit]

Celta Vigo[edit]

Joselu played his two first professional games for local Celta de Vigo, with the Galicians in the second division, late in the 2008–09 season. Since the age of 18, at about the same time he made his debuts with the main squad, he played with the B-team in the third level.

Late in the 2009 summer Joselu was purchased by Real Madrid, being immediately loaned to his former team for a further campaign.[2] He was relatively used during the division two campaign, but only scored four goals as the team finished in 12th position.

Real Madrid[edit]

Joselu was Real Madrid Castilla's top scorer in the 2010–11 season, alongside Álvaro Morata, but the team failed to promote in the playoffs. On 21 May 2011 he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, coming on as a substitute for Karim Benzema for the last ten minutes of a home fixture against UD Almería: he scored almost immediately off a Cristiano Ronaldo cross, making it 8–1 for the hosts.[3]

On 20 December 2011, in his second official appearance for the main squad, Joselu replaced Benzema in the 77th minute of the home match against SD Ponferradina, for the season's Copa del Rey. He scored the 4–1 two minutes later, in an eventual 5–1 win.[4]

In his second season with Castilla, Joselu became an essential offensive unit for manager Alberto Toril, and responded by netting 26 goals (19 in the regular season and seven in the playoffs) which made him the competition's top scorer, as his team promoted to division two after five years, as champions; he subsequently attracted the attention of several European clubs.[5]

Hoffenheim[edit]

On 8 August 2012, Joselu signed a four-year contract with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee.[6] He made his Bundesliga debut on 16 September, playing 30 minutes in a 3–5 away loss against SC Freiburg,[7] and scored his first goal for his new club ten days later, contributing to a 3–0 success at VfB Stuttgart.[8] He scored a brace against SpVgg Greuther Fürth on 19 October 2012.[9] He played 25 times for the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena side scoring five goals as they finished in 16th position.[10]

Eintracht Frankfurt (loan)[edit]

At the end of his first season with Hoffenhiem Joselu admitted that he struggled to adapt to his new surroundings and was loaned out to Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt for the 2013–14 season.[10] He rediscovered his form under Armin Veh at the Commerzbank-Arena, scoring 14 goals in 33 appearances as they finished in 13th position and reached the knock-out stages of the UEFA Europa League.[10]

Hannover 96[edit]

On 9 June Joselu joined Hannover 96 on a four-year deal for a fee of €5 million.[11] He spent the 2014–15 season with Hannover where made 32 appearances scoring 10 goals.[12]

Stoke City[edit]

On 16 June 2015 Joselu joined Premier League side Stoke City for a fee of £5.75 million,[13][14] therefore fulfilling a life-long ambition to play in England's top division.[15] He made his debut on 15 August away to Tottenham Hotspur, as a 59th-minute substitute for Jonathan Walters; he won a penalty when fouled by Toby Alderweireld, converted by Marko Arnautović as Stoke came from 2–0 down to draw 2–2.[16][17]

Style of play[edit]

Joselu plays as a striker and has been described by Mark Hughes as a "technically adept forward".— "He's a good technical player, he's got good ability and I like his movement. His link-up play is very good and with the finishing we've done so far in training I've been very pleased. You can see technically he's very adept, getting his body in the right position to take chances".[18]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 15 August 2015[19][20]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celta Vigo B 2008–09[20] Segunda División B 21 3 21 3
Total 21 3 21 3
Celta Vigo 2008–09[20] Segunda División 2 0 0 0 2 0
2009–10[20] Segunda División 24 4 4 0 28 4
Total 26 4 4 0 30 4
Real Madrid B 2010–11[20] Segunda División B 36 14 36 14
2011–12[20] Segunda División B 36 26 36 26
Total 72 40 72 40
Real Madrid 2010–11[20] La Liga 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
2011–12[20] La Liga 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 2
Hoffenheim 2012–13[21] Bundesliga 25 5 0 0 25 5
Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 2013–14[22] Bundesliga 24 9 2 4 7 1 33 14
Hannover 96 2014–15[12] Bundesliga 30 8 2 2 0 0 32 10
Stoke City 2015–16[23] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 194 68 9 7 0 0 7 1 209 76

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