If we can avoid relegation, weâ€™re starting to get some idea of the players that may be coming to Newcastle United in the summer.
Scott McDonald – 24 year old Celtic striker
The news today, not for the first time, is that Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan is preparing a Â£5M bid for Celticâ€™s Australian striker Scott McDonald. Scott was born in Melbourne, Australia – the same birthplace as Newcastle’s current striker Mark Viduka.
Scott stands 5’8″ tall, the same height as Michael Owen and it seems odd that we’re after another small striker. We would have thought our number one striker target would be a big striker to play alongside Michael Owen or Oba Martins.
The Daily Mail today is reporting that the Magpies have spent the last few weeks watching 24 year old McDonald and team-mate Aiden McGeady, their midfield star, who’ve reported on before.
The Â£12M-rated Aiden McGeady is still interesting Newcastle but it appears that center forward McDonald has moved to the top of Newcastle’s wanted list. He has 25 goals this season and it was obvious on Saturday that we need at least one new striker in the summer as itâ€™s odds on that Shola Ameobi and maybe even Mark Viduka will leave the club this summer.
McDonald, was signed by Celtic for just Â£600K in the summer, may want to try his luck in the Premier League with Newcastle. Celtic could net around Â£5M for the player. Quite a profit in just one year.
Hopefully in the future weâ€™ll be able to pick these players up before they become big players with big price tags. It seems we’ve made a good start with the 5 youngsters we brought to the club in January.
Here is Scottâ€™s playing career so far:
Years Club App Goals 1998-1999 Morwell Falcons 3 0 2000-2002 Southampton 2 0 2002 Huddersfield (loan) 13 1 2003 Bournemouth (loan) 7 1 2003 Milton Keynes Dons 2 0 2004-2007 Motherwell 108 42 2007- Celtic 24 19 1999 Australia U-17 17 3 2001-2003 Australia U-20 24 16 2003-2004 Australia U-23 3 0 2006- Australia 6 0
It certainly seems he knows how to find the net since he’s scored 61 goals in his last 132 games in the SPL.
Of course the EPL is a lot harder, but we definitely need someone who can put the ball in the net. We would have won the game quite comfortably on Saturday if could have put home some of the many chances we created.
Scott looks a good bet to us.
What do you think?