By Russell Edge

21st Oct, 2017 | 2:52pm

Malcolm Macdonald slates Newcastle regular - must be replaced in January

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United icon Malcolm Macdonald has slated striker Joselu and has said the club must look to replace him in the January transfer window.

The Spanish striker was a summer signing from Premier League rivals Stoke and although not immediately going into the starting XI, he has established himself in the first team line up under Rafael Benitez.

The 27-year-old has made eight appearances across all competitions for the Magpies, six of which have come as a starter, netting twice, with his latest strike coming against Liverpool in the 1-1 draw.

However, Macdonald, who scored 95 goals in 187 appearances for the club, has not been impressed with what he has seen from the Spaniard, and has urged Benitez to invest in a new out-and-out forward in the upcoming January transfer market.

Writing in his column for the Chronicle, he said: “Rafa has got a good team with only one weakness. It’s short of a quality player up top. Signing one is a must come January.

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“I don’t want to have a pop at Joselu all the time but I must tell it as I see it and he doesn’t contribute enough. I don’t just mean goals, I mean leading the line.

“At times (Ayoze) Perez was working for the both of them at St Mary’s. (He) works like a beaver.”

However despite Macdonald’s criticism, Joselu was selected by Benitez to lead the line against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with fellow striker Aleksandar Mitrovic taking to the bench in place of the injured Dwight Gayle.

However fans were not certain with the manager’s team selection, and took to Twitter to voice their doubts.

Newcastle currently sit ninth in the Premier League table, but could jump as high as sixth with a win over the Eagles.

In other Newcastle United news, this man has confirmed he is looking to depart the club in January despite having signed a long-term contract.

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