Newcastle After Dave Kitson – Say It’s Not So

According to the Guardian today, both Celtic and Newcastle are interested in the Reading striker, Dave Kitson.


Dave Kitson – are Newcastle really interested in this player?

We have not been impressed by Kitson when we have seen him, and we’re not sure why Newcastle would be interested in a player of Dave’s caliber.

We already have a strong set of strikers in Owen, Martins, young Andy Carroll, and Mark Viduka, when he’s fit and we think Dave may just edge out young Andy from that bunch, but not for long.

So we don’t think he would add much strength to the squad we already have, if we were to be brutally honest.

Reading have been relegated and will no doubt want to unload some of their players, and we certainly hope we can get left back Nicky Shorey, who we think would be a great capture for the club.

Kitson stands 6’3″ tall, so he’s a big lad, and tough to play against, and has done quite well at Reading playing 135 games with 54 goals, since 2003.

He was signed from Cambridge United for £150K.  While at Cambridge United, from 2001 until 2003, he made 102 appearances with 40 goals.

Dave is now 28 years old, and was born in Hitchin in January, 1980.

What do you think of Dave for Newcastle?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Drew

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    If this is true, he’ll be a decent back up since Viduka is out for a while, and we can’t really rely on Andrew Carroll to step up at the moment.

  • Toonboy

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Waste of money use Andy Carrol instead

  • natedawg

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    dont like him at all nt one bit plus he is to old for the toon. if its a striker from reading we are after what about doyle, lita or even the young lad long in my opinion all better than kitson and have age on there side

  • Bob

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I like Kitson. Tall, decent pace and a bit of class.

    Didn’t get much service at all last year but caused problems when he finally did get the ball.

  • mozza

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    nah this cant be true if the blueprint for the club is supossed to be to recruit quality young players, where does kitson fit into that

  • Spot The Zebra

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Both Kitson and Shorey are average Premiership players who will offer little improvement to our squad for the fees they will command.
    Shorey epsecially is overated and has gone backwards since his first season in the Premiership.The young Liverpool left back who was supposedly offered in exchange for Milner along with Guthrie would be a far better signing.
    Stay well clear.

  • Danny

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    I agree natedawg!

    If theres any Reading strikers then it would be Lita, Doyle or even Long.

    We all know Ashley wants some youth in the side and i think he would sanction a move for any of these three ahead of Kitson!

    Remember Paul Kitson? haha

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    toonboy- andy carroll cnt be relied on, hes got nowhere near enough epxerience, kitson has scored goals in the prem and in a poor team with not much service,andy caroll hasnt, hes better than caroll simple as tht, dnt know why everyone seems 2 think andy caroll is so great, he was poor in the championship with preston and hasnt impressed at all wen playin 4 the toon 1st team. hes done nothing to warrant all the praise and hype some ppl on here giv him

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Prefer Doyle…..but then again i would still like Gomis (dispite his performances) or Gomez he to has had a horrible tournament and may go unnoticed by the bigger clubs

  • Hadji

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Tom Toon….Cambridge…was that the place where you live atm.Have you seen him play while there?

  • DMag

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Smoke screens going up everywhere!
    Would the real Slim Shady please stand up!

  • true

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12


  • Hadrian

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #13

    seems tome newcastle are intending on offloading a striker or two , hope its not oba.

  • Leo

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    well viduka on something like 70-80k wages

    dave kitson on something like 20k wages

    i can see what the idea is…

    you would also get more for your money since he will not be injured all the time and has got a decent goal record

  • Readig Mag

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #15

    I never like to be critical (unlike most of you) of the toon, but

    Ive watched Kitson a bit, please no.

    Shorey perhaps..and I mean perhaps

  • Alex

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #16

    The lad would be a good signing ,he is beter than smith and we need cover with viduka out and carroll not exactly living up to the expectations .Lets be honest if he struggled with preston in the championship then can we expect him to do a job in the premership ? we all know keegan improves players and he could turn Kitson into a very good player .

  • rupertcheesetrunk

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    when we signed paul kitson, he did ok, lacked in goals but was s stopgap until we got big les. Could be the same again. Not that big les is coming back like.

  • Spyro

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    if we are gong after players like kitson i would rather we just invested in youth players instead


    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Sod kitson! we can get better than this! if we’re goin to take any striker from relegated teams it should be McFadden! he’s 10 times player kitson is & if we miss out on the likes of AA he would fit in behind front 2! He has quality & can weave a bit of magic! look at what he’s done for scotland! i would take Boyd form Rangers to as a target man! he wouldn’t cost much & would do a job when dukes is injured 70% of season! give them smith & £3m & we’ll have cueller as well!

  • Gooderz

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Kitson would do alright, but Pavlyuchenko could be amazing.

  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21

    imo id like to see zarate at the toon wouldnt he just be awesome!

  • natedawg

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #22

    zarate was good but cant see were he would fit in, and he not exactly proven premiership player , and he stupidly exspensive

  • jacob

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Just the sort of non-entity I’m expecting us to sign. Why?

  • robertsa

    Jun 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #24

    kitson is much better than doyle long and lita.
    long and lita couldnt get a first team lace at reading. kitson was their top scorer

  • Sav

    Jun 21, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Agree with Natesdawg and disagree with Robertsa.
    Doyle is the one we should be looking at. Had a disappointing season so his price should be reasonable but he was used largely on the right wing as Reading’s squad is inadequate. Doyle is versatile, strong, good in the air and a clever player with decent control and good awareness. He’s got good fitness and years on Kitson who is mainly a lone front-man with the Royals. I reckon Doyle could develop into a Teddy Sheringham under Keegan. Sign him.

  • scott9

    Jun 21, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #26

    kitson is a good player i dnt see why everyone wudnt want him he will score u goals


    Jun 21, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #27

    I don’t think he would be the worst buy we have ever made but I agree with the sentiment that it is lacking in ambition. There must be at least a dozen other strikers we have been linked with who would show the more positive comittment we need to step up in achievment.

  • GeordieJamie

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #28

    I don’t think he’d be such a bad signing for us. I bet I wasn’t the only one who groaned when we signed Sibierski and we know how that turned out. He will be available to play more games than Viduka and has decent pace and strength to assist Owen and Martins.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Kitson > Smith

  • Ian

    Jun 21, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #30

    I would like to see this player at our club, an extra £10m at the front wouldnt make much difference so I think we shoould save our money and buy Kitson or Cisse. Kitson may be outstanding for us and he would consider this his big chance and will try to show his quality.

    However let us please get the midfield and defense improved 100%, that is where the goals are missing and what will take us up the table.

  • ScottyT

    Jun 21, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #31

    who isnt > smith?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Good point 😀 but i mean:

    Kitson >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Smith


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