We think that if Peter Lovenkrands had played last Saturday against Hull City, we could well have had the win we needed so much.
Peter Lovenkrands – goal scoring should see him get more playing time
Peter has that ability to put easy chances intop the back of the net and we had chances like that last Saturday, which fell to Martins and Gutierrez, but both failed to land the ball in the back of the net.
Peter has revealed today that he is keen to win back his place in Newcastle United’s starting line-up for Saturday night’s game with Arsenal, and he must be given a chance to prove that is worth a longer term contract at the club.
Surely we’ll not make the mistake of playing this lad on one of the wings if only because of his goal scoring prowess, which neither Gutierrez now Duff possess.
The Dane lost his place against Hull City – despite scoring his second Newcastle goal against Manchester United in the 2-1 defeat, when he was in the exact right place at the right time, as natural goalscorers tend to be.
The former Rangers player is now back to full match fitness and has looked sharp when he’s played for Newcastle and in fact against the Red Devils he looked great alongside Oba Martins, as they two seemed to complement each other.
Peter said today:
“I have had a lot of games and I am feeling good.” ” I feel like I am back to the fitness I should be.”
“I will just try and help wherever I can, and whenever I am needed I will play.”
“I just need to keep going, and hopefully I will able to play more games.”
Lovenkrands has played both in attack and out wide for Newcastle, and even though he prefers to play up front, he will play anywhere to help Newcastle United in the run-in to the season, as he also tries to win a new contract in the summer.
Ryan is a versatile player and can play up front or on either wing, so he can be used in a number of ways at Newcastle in the final 9 games of the season, as we look to get the goals needed to keep us in the Premier league.
“I am a striker more than anything, but I have been put on the left wing because I am quick.”
“Everyone assumes I am a winger, but up front has always been the position in which I have wanted to play.”
We’d like Peter to start against Arsenal but if not, this lad must be used as a substitute.
Seeing Jonas Gutierrez hopelessly miss that golden opportunity on Saturday after 60 minutes, made us think that Peter could have put the ball straight into the back of the net, and it would have looked an easy goal, just like the one he scored against Manchester United.
It’s only when players miss those “wide open” opportunities that you realize they are not as easy as they sometimes look.
Finally, Chris will need to use his substitutes wisely on Saturday if we are to get a good result against the in-form Gunners side.