Newcastle United have this afternoon announced on their official website that Joselu has departed the club.
The 29-year-old has returned to La Liga to pen terms with Alaves following two years at St James’ Park.
In 53 appearances for the Magpies, the Spaniard bagged seven goals and registered two assists.
Joselu struggled to pin down a regular place in Rafa Benitez’s team and spent the back end of last season out of the squad altogether.
Following his departure from the club he took to Twitter to thank the loyal supporters, tweeting:
Dear Newcastle United Fans, the time has come to say goodbye. I just can say THANK YOU. Incredible Stadium, city, Club and people. Wish you all the best for the upcoming season. pic.twitter.com/IwOsE2NhmU
— Joselu Mato (@JoseluMato9) July 15, 2019
What he lacked in goalscoring ability the forward made up in energy and hard work – something the Newcastle fans warmed to him for.
It has been a summer of upheaval at the football club and the departure of another player isn’t an ideal scenario.
Whoever is tasked with replacing Benitez will need to get to work on the recruitment side of things straight away.
Star man Ayoze Perez has already departed for Leicester, whilst Sean Longstaff is attracting interest from Manchester United.
Following news of another departure, Newcastle fans took to Twitter to offer Joselu their very best wishes.
Here is a selection of tweets from the club’s supporters:
8 dribbles in 46 games hahahahaha
Swear I've seen dubravka do more.
— Matthaus (@GeordieDubravka) July 15, 2019
Good luck Joselu, from all the fans at Sports Direct FC
— Kriss⚫️⚪️ (@KrissNufc12) July 15, 2019
Good Luck, no one can say you didn’t give your all! Best of luck at your new club!
— JJ Fletcher (@JJFletcher7) July 15, 2019
— Ben???? (@Kingjiggy7) July 15, 2019
Good luck Joselu, an absolute gentleman. You deserve to be at a better club
— jack (@jacamotrackies) July 15, 2019
Good luck at new club always tried ur best,
— scott biffa carlin (@carlinbiffa) July 15, 2019
May as well just relegate us now, save us the pain of a full season before the inevitable
— No Comment (@JtheHall) July 15, 2019
Good luck Joselu, thanks for your effort!
— Rohan Banerjee (@RBanerjee23) July 15, 2019
May as well play Schar up top at this point ?
— James (@Jimbozanne) July 15, 2019