Monday, January 30, 2023

Joselu vs Borja Iglesias, the battle for the goal

Neither of them was in the Qatar World Cup, despite the deficiencies in the attack of the selection. He didn’t come either Iago Aspasthe third Galician of a peculiar trident that fights to be the top Spanish scorer in the League. Until this day, Lewandowski led the top scorer with 13 goals, ahead of Joselu (10) and a poker of players with 8, among them Borja Iglesias. The gunners of the Spanish and the Betis They will face each other this Saturday in Cornellà (4:15 p.m.) in an interesting duel that the new coach should not miss Louis of the Source.

The Galician lands will have something when they collect so many goals. The Panda, 30 years old, was born in Santiago de Compostela, while Joselu (32) caught his first ball in silleda, a small town in Pontevedra located 40 kilometers from the city of pilgrims. There he grew up after coming into the world in stuttgart, where he barely lived four years. The blue and white pichichi acts as a Galician 24 hours a day. You just have to listen to him, happy to keep his accent despite the multiple turns he has taken in his career, which has taken him through the three best leagues in the world (the Spanish, the Premier and the Bundesliga).

RDT, forgotten

In Barcelona he feels wonderful and the parrots enjoy his football and his goals. He usually hits the blue and white club with its latest strikers (Gerard Moreno, Borja IglesiasRaul de Tomas, Joselu). In a discreet course, the former striker of the Alaves It is the greatest joy of Espanyol. Addition 10 out of 21 team goals (47.7%) and is a warrantyboth in the passing game and in his effectiveness against goal.

Joselu celebrates his great goal against Getafe. ETS


Nobody remembers anymore wayward RDT, who scored 17 goals last season with the blue and white shirt. He went to Lightning in a bad way and could not be registered until this month. has only disputed 29 minutes in the League, weighed down by his poor form and physical problems.

Better than Marañón and Tamudo

Joselu now has the best scoring average of the club’s history, thanks to his 0.59 goals per gameahead of myths like Rafael Marañón (0.42 goals per game) and Raul Tamudo (0.38), top scorer in the club’s history in First Division. The second best record corresponds precisely to the Panda, who walked away with 0.46, another excellent record from a striker who signed in the summer of 2018 for 10 million euros coming from Zaragoza, where he was on loan from Celta.

Borja Iglesias poses for EL PERIÓDICO during his time at Espanyol in December 2018. FERRAN NADEU


He then became the most expensive signing in blue and white history. One year later, Betis paid his clause of 28 million. It was a round operation by a player who demonstrated his professionalism until the last day, although some fans did not accept his departure well. With the Verdiblancos he already scored on his return to Cornellà on December 15, 2019. He did not celebrate it.

The escape to Seville with Rubi

During that season it was easy to see Borja walking around the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. Always close and pleasant, during his stay he turned the teddy of the Panda in the best-selling item in the club’s stores. He now shines at Betis, where he is celebrating his fourth season. He left to Seville with Rubi, the former blue and white coach who currently leads the Almeria. The striker, who scored 17 goals in his only League as a parakeet, has scored eight goals in the 15 games he has played this season (42.1% of the team’s goals).

The Panda has not hit the League since October 30, while Joselu has scored in the three days played after the World Cup break. The success of a Espanyol that enjoys its most lethal scorer this century will once again depend on his aim. No nine parakeet had scored 10 goals in the first 17 games since Rafa Marañon, who had 11 in 1980. The Navarrese, now adviser of the entity, finished that championship with 17 goals, a challenge within the reach of the Galician.

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