Newcastle After Fulham’s Healy – Hope Not

The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle may be interested in Fulham’s Northern Ireland International striker David Healy.


David Healy – Newcastle reported interest

The paper reports today that the word coming out of West London is that Newcastle are interested in Fulham’s Northern Ireland striker David Healy, and that he would be available for £1.5M.

We’d be surprised if he cost that much, because he showed last season at Fulham, that he isn’t a Premier League class player, and couldn’t get hjis game at the London side, which is why they’re selling him.

While he’s played some great games and scored a lot of goals for his country, he cannot seem to produce the same form in club football.

Healy is now Northern Ireland’s leading scorer with 34 goals in 64 International games, and he did play for Dennis Wise at Leeds United, so maybe that’s what the connection is.

But this player is no better than what we’ve got in say youngster Andrew Carroll – he’s just not as tall and not as good in the air as Andy.

He played 34 times for Fulham last year and scored 4 goals, and previously played for both Leeds United and Preston North End.

We think he’s mediocre at the very best – and we just shouldn’t even bother.

Comments welcome.

106 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Hes better than Smith.

    Maybe we should buy someone from the championship for our 4th choice striker. Someone like Dexter Blackstock, he is tall, strong and can score.

    Gervinho has been brilliant for the Ivory Coast however he plays more of a free role.

  • toonfanjonny

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    if its the Healy that plays for N.I then sign him up cant be worse than Bambi and Smudge

  • toonfanjonny

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #3

    yeah tom toon watching Argentina v Ivory coast Gervinho has been class

  • SMITH no.17

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #4

    I think he is way better than Ameobi hint hint

  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    34 games and 4 goals – thats 4 more goals than smith and 3 less games – sign him up he is a veritable goal machine !!!! LMFAO 😀

  • Tez131

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed … To be honest I think your comments are a bit harsh on Healy. He was playing for a team that was in big trouble and scored a few screamers that he had to make for himself with a bit of service he would have scored more regularly. Fulham just didn’t supply him with chances and most of his apperances were from bench which we all know does not help a striker.

    I am not comparing him to Forlan but even he could not score many for Manure when used as a sub then golden boot when he moves!!

    At £1.5 mil he would be a decent buy, far better than Smith..

    But everyone is is allowed to have their opinion..

  • Edd Case

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Anal Oliver wrote that twoddle – nuff said.

  • xfer

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Ya, was thinking of Gervinho as well. He is creating so much problem for the Argentines.

    No to Healy.

  • Nev

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #9

    no thanks …. shola is a much better option

    its a mystery why he cant transform his international from to domestic form tho …

  • JK Muzzi

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Remember Dennis Wise selects who Newcastle sign not KK!

  • scottish mag

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #11

    we dont want a player who is just better than smith and ameobi cos lets face it thats not difficult we need a striker with real quality who is say 10 times better then smith or 100 times cos ten isnt that much compared to smith and ameobi

  • Tez131

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #12

    @ Nev

    He was playing for Fulham, and mainly as a sub when Sanchez got sacked.
    I think he would be a far better 4th Striker than Ameobi or Smith.

    Can’t see it happening but I would much rather we had him on the bench than either of those. For £1.5 mil you would be hard pushed to get someone better.
    Give him chances and he will put them away.

    I would love us to splash £10 – 15 mil on a top talent but to be honest I can’t see us spending much more after Coliccini. Hope I am wrong.

  • ToonKing

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Healy ain’t that bad, i wouldn’t mind him at all. He has the habit of scoring some real belters. Sign him up and throw Bambiobi out.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #14

    agreed ToonKing

  • Michael

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Olivers just picked another player that he personally likes and then linked us to him. He did it all the time with Dean Ashton and Brett Emerton

  • hgjfkd

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #17

    what sides argies playing on?


    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Smith out, Healy in, sorry but that has a feel of deja-vu. I know he has had some good games for Ireland but I think we should be aiming a bit higher in our ambition.

  • Fergie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #19

    harsh comments Ed. I would love to see Healy come in as our 4th choice striker. I doubt Michael Owen would have scored many more than 4 goals for Fulham last season. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you don’t get service, you won’t score goals, simple as that. He would be good back up alongside Andy Carroll and give us something extra coming off the bench. You can’t be a mugand score a hattrick against Spain and finish top scorer in the Euro qualifiers, especially when playing for a team like Northern Ireland. I think that says it all. We can’t be unrealistic and expect someone like Cisse or Gomis to come and be happy to sit on the bench. I think Healy, or someone else in his mould would be perfect back up.

  • Nick C

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #20

    15000 at SJP last night. Without signings look for the worst gates for nearly a decade. Its up to you Ashley…..

  • WesToon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Have you guys lost the plot???

    we have youngsters at the club,who will be a MUCH MUCH better option as 4th choice striker!!

    Let this piece of scrap move on…THANKS BUT NO THANKS


    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #22

    ne news on aaron spear?

  • Flan

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #23

    he cost me a fortune when he scored the hat trick against spain 🙁

  • Davies

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Agreed, Smudge and the gangly goalophobe scored 4 less than Healy last season. £1.5 ain’t a bad price if you ask me.

    Not fussed about trophy signings now. I’d like to see a few more faced added to the squad before the window closes, and another few in January. We should be just fine with that.

    I think were all agreed on LB back up, AM and Striker for now?

    There’s still time.

  • Chicken

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Anyone with his International scoring record cannot be sniffed at – especially since he scored them with NI, a team that historically have found it notoriously difficult to find the back of the net.

    £1.5 is nowt – we waste more than that in 6 months on Barton’s wages!

  • toonfanjonny

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #26

    the match is on the bbc sport website

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #27

    We are defintely not a big club anymore if we have to sign players like Healy he just isn’t good enough I’d rather play Donaldson & Carrol

  • LoonyToon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #28

    he is not the type of big, strong centre forward that we need…more bull to add to the rest we have constantly heard all summer….

    A Viduka type of centre forward, one that can hold the ball up and bring others into the game, is what is required….

  • johnnufc

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #29

    I think he’s a good player. He didn’t play all that often last season and Fulham as a whole didn’t play too well. With better service he could be a good premier league player.

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #30

    I’d defo have Healy for that price…Can’t believe he didn’t get more games last season, yea i know he was injured aswell, but still!..

    …Kill smith & ameobi & claim on the insurance, then bring in Healy as back up!..

  • Fergie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #31

    And to say he’s no better than Andy Carroll is ridiculous. Thats like comparing Viduka to Owen, Crouch to Defoe or Berbatov to Bent. They are totally different players!!! I think Carroll could be good back up for Viduka, but if Owen is injured, that leaves us with Oba and while i am one of his biggest fans, he is not a natural goalscorer and neither is Andy Carroll. We need back up for the strikers and in particular, backup for Owen. When Owen doesn’t play, we have noone attacking crosses or poaching in the six yard box. To hope for us to sign a big-named player like that is just stupid. neither him nor owen will sit on the bench. we need a cheap but effective back up player like Healy/Stvene Fletcher or Kevin Doyle.

  • craig chisholm

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #32

    he’s crap and another cling on we just dont need – what is the point of him really – none. other than cheap and lower wages than what we already have. its simple, we have to get better first 11 players to improve on what we have now. healy is not going to fit into that mould. buying him will not improve our league standing. its just 1.5 million plus wages less than we would have to spend on a decent player. i would rather put zamblera or another young en on instead of chucking money at some player just cos he is cheap and makes up the numbers. i would even rather put arron spears on – if we can ever conclude that deal that is!

  • jack

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #33

    well lets be honest
    id prefer david healy then alan smith
    he is a proven goal scorer with northern ireland, but not at club level
    so maybe the toon should`nt go for him

  • Fergie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #34

    I hope we sign him… he’ll have all you doubters eating humble pie, just like Sibierski did

  • NE1

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #35
  • Ian-first one!!

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #36

    He would do as a fall back, he is better than the strikers available last night.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Punk Skunk – like your style lmfao 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Fergie – maybe I was a little harsh on the lad. Certainly if Kevin thinks he can get the form out of him that he displays for Northern Ireland he’d be good.
    Be willing to eat humble pie – I’m not proud. 😀

  • 51times

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #39

    I think Healy can make it in the PL in a team that supply him with chances, but we can get younger and probably better players than him so I’d only get him if our other targets fail.


    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #40

    its going from bad to stupid! if smith and ameobi go we should be looking to replace not just them but Viduka as he has only 1 year left on his contract and when is he fit!?! we need a good quality forward who would make a difference!!


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