Joselu wins the renewal and the appreciation of Ancelotti and Real Madrid fans through work and goals

Joselu wins the renewal and the appreciation of Ancelotti and Real Madrid fans through work and goals

Joselu Mato’s landing at the Bernabéu was not easy. The forward from the youth academy Real Madrid He returned to the happy white team to have an opportunity that he never suspected could happen again. He arrived to replace Mariano clinging to a five-year contract who demonstrated an alarming lack of commitment that ended up tiring the club and angering the stands. Something similar to what is happening to the Hispanic-Dominican in Seville.

Benzema’s escape turned the stands against him

The point is that Joselu came to add and give rest to Benzema when he encountered the unexpected flight of the Frenchman to Saudi Arabia, which inflamed the spirits among the white fans. Karim’s departure was not answered by Florentino Pérez with the hiring of another forward, since Madrid was still waiting to close the arrival of Kylián Mbappé. And Joselu remained the only pure forward on the squad.

Carlo Ancelotti couldn’t quite see how to fit him in because his style of play broke with the associative nature of his proposal. In fact, he changed the scheme from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 with Bellimghan at the apex of the midfield diamond and the Brazilians ahead. But Joselu, accustomed to winning over every last player he has played in his career through hard work, was not intimidated by the whistles of a crowd that found the former Alavés forward too rough for a club in the Real Madrid hierarchy.

Joselu, during his presentation as a Real Madrid player. / EFE

The support of the locker room

However, Mato quickly found support from the locker room, where the presence of his brother-in-law Dani Carvajal, who is married to Joselu’s wife’s sister, was key. Beyond that family bond, lHis teammates saw that Joselu worked tirelessly and did not put on a bad face when the starting eleven was announced and his name did not appear. And far from that, every time he went out he added to the attack by doing his job. Sometimes with goals, and other times keeping the center backs busy so that Jude, Vinicius, Rodrygo or Brahim appeared more free in the area.

His attitude convinced Ancelotti, who ended up finding in it a resource and a different alternative when attacking teams that dug in behind and gave the ball to the whites. Especially at the Bernabéu. Today Joselu is the most effective forward on the squad, with 11 goals and 3 assists in 1,308, scoring every 118.9 minutes in the 29 games he has played., being a starter only in eleven. Jude Bellingham, for example, scores every 129.3 minutes, accumulating 18 goals in 2,328 minutes spread over 26 games played, all as a starter. Joselu is going through one of the happiest phases of his life, with his return to the League, his status as a permanent striker on the list of De la Fuente’s team, and now scoring in almost every game he plays with the real Madrid.

Endrick’s alternative

As Joselu arrived at the Bernabéu with one of the lowest floors in the squad, The club included a clause in his contract whereby if Joselu is able to score 15 goals this season, He will receive a succulent bonus that will be added to the fees he receives in the white team. At Espanyol he earned 800,000 euros per year and at Madrid he didn’t even get to that. Hence the inclusion of a goal bonus that is close to being won by the Galician striker.

Last summer, Real Madrid signed a loan agreement with Espanyol that included a purchase option for 1.5 million euros that the whites will execute at the conclusion of this season. So, Mato will be the alternative in the attack against the Brazilian Endrick, which will arrive this summer to show off the number 9 that Mbappé never wore. And while that happens, Joselu will continue working in silence and taking advantage of every moment he has to score goals and win the affection of a fan who has stopped whistling at him for his lack of talent and applauds him for his work and his goals.

2024-01-27 06:50:13
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