Of the six players that have left us in the summer four are strikers, and it could be we need to sign some new strikers this month.
Kevin Nolan – playing as withdrawn center forward
Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Peter Lovenkrands and Oba Martins have all left the club and we are now short of some experienced strikers up front.
We do have Shola Ameobi and the 20 year-old local lad Andy Carroll, with 18 year-old Nile Ranger waiting in the wings.
And that has manifested itself on the field by Kevin Nolan spending pre-season as a center-forward.
He really has a varied role, switching between midfield and attack according to the tactics, and of course Kevin knows where the back of the net is, that’s for sure.
Kevin told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I think if we still had Mo (Owen), Dooks (Viduka), Oba, I wouldn’t still be finding myself in the central role,”
“It’s not really straight up front, it’s something we’re probably trying out to look after things next season, because we know it’s going to be tough.”
“It seems a bit strange and it takes a bit of getting used to but it’s something I’ll hopefully be able to get better at.”
“But I think the main thing is that as a team we’re all gelling together, sticking together and working together. If we can do that we’ll be successful this season.”
When Alan Shearer was standing by as manager in waiting he had targeted Frazier Campbell, who has since moved to Sunderland. Alan was also said to be keen on Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford, who is still available.
But before we start bringing new players into the club we need a manager who is going to manage the team this season, and we’ve gone 10 weeks without one so far this summer.
What a terrible way to run a football club as famous as Newcastle United.