Michael Owen has talked about the strikers Newcastle have at the club, and he’s right to say we are currently top heavy in the striker department.
Michael Owen – Newcastle top heavy in striker department
Michael Owen told the Shields Gazette today:
“It’s good that Dukes is back now,” “We did a good job last season, and scored some cracking goals when we had our own special formation.”
“In a way, we’re top-heavy in the striking department.” “We’ve seven people who can play there or do a job there. There’s me, Oba, Dukes, Shola (Ameobi), Andy Carroll, Xisco and Alan Smith. They can all do a job.”
“We’re well served, but we’ve had a lot of injuries over the years, and especially to the strikers.”
“Alan Smith is out at the minute, Shola has had injuries and so have I. It’s only Oba that has been consistently fit.”
We have lots of good strikers, which we’ve reported on this week, and that’s one reason we’ll cast a wary eye to any news that we are after even more strikers in January.
In fact if Joe wants to generate some additional transfer funds to bring in players in other areas of the team, he could sell one or two of our strikers next month.
Smith and Xisco seem to be the most obvious choices, although it’s probably too early to move young Xisco on, since he hasn’t even settled down on Tyneside yet, and he could turn into a more than decent player. He deserves an extended chance at the club, although he didn’t come cheap at £5.7M
It’s interesting that last September there would have been many fans who thought Shola Ameobi would be on his way out next month.
But that’s before he started to produce some good form for new manager Joe Kinnear, so he’ll not be on his way, although his contract runs out this summer.
Which reminds us that Joe still has plenty of work to do on players’ contracts at the club, including those of Michael Owen, Nicky Butt, Shay Given, Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi and Mark Viduka.
Get busy Joe, and the best of luck. 😀