Joselu must put down marker – Bowen

Stoke striker Joselu has been challenged to end his first season at the club strongly by assistant boss Mark Bowen.

Stoke: Joselu must put down marker - BowenStoke: Joselu must put down marker - Bowen

Joselu was one of a number of summer arrivals at the Britannia Stadium after he agree a move from Hannover for a fee of £5.75million.

The former Real Madrid man made a slow start to life in England but has grown in confidence over the second half of the campaign.

Bowen believes that the striker needed time to fully understand the requirements of the English game and has called on him to lay down a marker in the closing stages.

“It’s been an in and out season for Joselu and that happens a lot when you go into a different country with a new style of football,” said Bowen.

“Maybe he’ll agree with me when I say it took a while for him to understand the intensity and what was required and expected in every game.

“Perhaps in his time before in Germany or even Spain you could have one or two hard games then you could take your foot off the gas. I think he realises now that you can’t do that in the Premier League, no matter who you’re playing against.

“The effort and the desire has got to be put in every game and it looks as if – and I hate using this phrase – but the penny’s dropped with him. He’s done very well lately and we’d really like to see him finish the season strong.

“He can put down a marker to start, and go on, next season.”

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