Dane Bjorn Kristensen made 98 appearances for Newcastle United between 1989 and 1992, and the former Denmark international hopes that his fellow countryman Lovenkrands can fulfil his dream of being a success in the English Premier League.
Peter Lovenkrands – happy to be a Newcastle player
Kristensen is interviewed today in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, where it says we fought off interest from West Ham, Blackburn and FC Twente to secure the former Ranger’s winger’s services until the end of the season.
We didn’t know any other club was even interested, but being first on with a trial, after Joe Kinnear heard about Peter’s availability through his agent, had to put us in the driver’s seat for the Dane’s signature.
And Kristensen told the Chronicle today from Denmark:
“Peter is a great guy and I think he will fit in really well at Newcastle.” “I like him as a player – he has plenty of speed.”
“Once he gets on top of his game he is a real threat to the opposition.” “We saw that time and time again in Scotland and for Denmark.”
“I feel he can become a crowd-pleaser at Newcastle.”
“I know he has missed a lot of games with injuries, but once any player regains their consistency they can come back alive.”
Fans will remember when we had the young Dane Jon Dal Tomasson at the club from 1997-1998, signed from SC Hereenveen, and although the youngster, who was just 20 years old when he signed for the club, wasn’t a success on Tyneside, he went on to much success at Feyenoord and Milan, and has just returned to the Dutch club for a second time.
I was at the game when in August of 1997, he made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday, along with another youngster just signed by the club, Shay Given, and the forward was sprung completely clear very early in that game, and missed a sitter – a bad omen for the youngster, as indeed proved to be.
Any other readers at that game? We won the game 2-1 with both goals from Faustino Asprilla, who was leading the line after Alan Shearer had been badly injured in pre-season.
The Dane played for Newcastle 22 times but scored just 3 goals.
Kristensen, the former Newcastle defender added:
“I know what it’s like at Newcastle, and it’s all about Peter having a good start.“If he does OK in his first three or four games it can snowball.”
“I’ve got lots of memories of my time at Newcastle.”
“We came so close to promotion under Jim Smith in 1990.”
“And then things went the other way under Ossie Ardiles and we were fighting relegation.”
We all hope Peter ios a great success through May, and can also get us a few goals.