Newcastle Now Short Of Striking Power


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.

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Kevin Nolan – playing as withdrawn center forward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.

Comments welcome.



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35 comments so far

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Ah I see. Shola is a striker ….

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    ok, I’m SINGING already.

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  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed. A little injection of interest, responsibility, strategic planning, decency, customer focus, football nous and erm…. as you say, a manager of stature wouldn’t go amiss.

    Ne’er mind, we wait in eager anticipation for today’s announcement……… and wait, and wait and……… !

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  • nimo

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    how do you know shearer was targeting campbell. should get chopra back hes awesome in championship. i really hope someone comes in for nolan

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    I thought smith USED to be a striker?

    And S Taylor dreams of being a striker.

    No problems here. lol!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Strolla, Ranger, Carroll and Nolan in forward role??!!

    Im gonna give strolla the benefit of being crap in the prem but ok in the championship. (ducks for cover).

    One thing is for sure – we cannot just coast with no one in charge. I dont doubt Chris is a semi-decent coach (as we keep getting told) but the bottom line is – we need a manager and a new owner and to be rid of the cancer that has near but killed NUFC. A harsh comparison but cant think of any other comparative for impact.

    Watched a programme on Sir Bobby on the beeb last night and again – a tear (or three) ran down my face at 11pm last night!!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Lew @ 2: Instead of SINGING try SIGNING 🙂

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    we have to play ranger, he gives us energy, pace, height and Carroll and Shola are pretty much the same player so we need to play ranger, even Lualua just to give us a bit of pace upfront, maybe play him where Nolan plays. JUST A THOUGHT!

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  • euanpolo

    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    We also need a centre-back after losing Cacapa, Edgar, and probably Bassong, Beye and Coloccini soon as well. A few signings on a free could sort it out without Mike Ashley having to dip into his pockets. Sign Moritz Volz on a free, Lauren on a free, Ricardo Rocha on a free, Dietmar Hamann on a free, Peter Lovenkrands on a free, Antoine Sibierski on a free. Nothing spent there Ashley except wages, which will be much lower than the outgoing players.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Get Carl Court back.
    🙂

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Why?

    Carroll, Shola, Ranger, Xisco… 4 decent championship strikers is enough. Donaldson is another option, though prob not quite good enough/ready for championship. If sell Xisco, then yes, I would say bring in a striker. Possibly Jay Simpson on loan from Arsenal. Indeed, I would ask Arsene if we can borrow Jay Simpson, Kieran Gibbs, Fran Merida or Wilshire for a season!

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    I thought Leeds withdrew Jermaine Beckford from their transfer list to weeks ago?

    …there’s always Barry Hayles.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    *two

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    rodz, and kluivert 😉

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  • Nick 69

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    We should have signed Leroy Lita on a free. Infact I read an article that listed 15 players Newcastle could sign on free transfers last week and there was a few of them that could deffo do a job for us in the championship.

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  • Wigaz

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    We should sign Boyd from Rangers. Proven Goal scorer done it in Champions league & International level. Only 26 still too. He would only cost about £3m. Use the Oba money.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #17

    I get the impression that Ashley has absolutely no intention whatsoever in bringing players IN. This makes me think there’s a club buyer lurking in the midst ready to appoint a manager with his own transfer-target list. Call me an unrealistic optimist. Something will surely happen before Saturday (?!)

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  • coyote

    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #18

    please please don’t class shola as a striker
    if we have to rely on him we’re doomed

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Isaac,
    try sighing!..

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  • bro56

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #20

    this forward line aint gonna do jack in the cola league, they just havent got what it takes. The sooner were sold the quicker we can buy some established players used to this division.

    By Friday we least expect comments from DL regarding the take-over. he said by next week we could be sold, well 3 days to go, we at least expect an excuse as why we havent been sold.. i wont hold my breath tho..

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  • Bao Zheng

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Personally I would be happy with Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll up front and Xisco / Strola passing round the oranges and tea. And this assumes two up front when most managers now only play one.

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  • Bao Zheng

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #22

    In terms of profile I can see Nolan fitting into the Dukes shirt.

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  • Obafan

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Better title would be:

    “Newcastle short of everything!”

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  • ian

    Aug 4, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #24

    To put this in perspective to get back up as some say we will be favourites (joke) one striker needs to be getting 19-25 goals and the other somewhere around 11-15, depends on the season.

    Now what do you think?

    Unless Nile Ranger is a miracle worker I reckon we are fourth or fifth from bottom.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #25

    We were woefully short on numbers last season, now take off another 7 or 8 players. The way things are going, a typically NUFC injury list will superglue, and nail us to 24th.

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  • Nick D

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #26

    We are millions in debt, why keep on about signing more and more players. We are still 15M in the red on wages to income.

    Carroll, Ranger, Xisco, Baheng, Shola, Lua is enough to be going on with surely?

    Nolan the fat over paid has been has started to say a lot lately. I wish he would just go, as he represents everything wrong with our set up at the moment.

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  • Nick D

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Danish magpie,

    Exactly get some youngsters in on loans from Arsenal and elsewhere. Bruce did that very successfully at Brum.

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #28

    nick d, and the season after that when he returned their players, brum went down again.

    i am against loan of players on a huge quantity, u form a team with them and then when the next season comes your back to square one when you lose them all

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  • Nick D

    Aug 4, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Toonoholic point taken but with no money very little alternatives.

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  • ian

    Aug 4, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #30

    NickD
    There was an alternative but the numpties decided to go down this path.
    The ongoing wages will choke the club slowly, he could have got another overdraft, then paid lump sums to get rid of Barton, Smith, Ameobi, Xisco, Jonas and so on, he could have done that from the start of the transfer window, that would remove the liabilities, then identified championship players they need if no-one buys the club.

    Then if need be he could have sold Bassong and some others to repay some of that debt, keeping Taylor, Butt and Martins then bought championship players if no-one purchases, that way the club is profitable and can at least afford the interest and pay small amounts off Ashley’s debt, plus would have had a chance of getting back up.

    Now there is no chance and still the wages are sky high.

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 4, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #31

    NickD
    There was an alternative but the numpties decided to go down this path.
    The ongoing wages will choke the club slowly, he could have got another overdraft, then paid lump sums to get rid of Barton, Smith, Ameobi, Xisco, Jonas and so on, he could have done that from the start of the transfer window, that would remove the liabilities, then identified championship players they need if no-one buys the club.

    Then if need be he could have sold Bassong and some others to repay some of that debt, keeping Taylor, Butt and Martins then bought championship players if no-one purchases, that way the club is profitable and can at least afford the interest and pay small amounts off Ashley’s debt, plus would have had a chance of getting back up.

    Now there is no chance and still the wages are sky high.

    ……

    It took them long enough to agree to the one we got so talk of getting a bigger one which would enable the club to pay off players on £3 million a year on 3 year contracts as well as buy replacements is pie in the sky stuff.

    The club is already technically insolvent so borrowing more isn’t going to happen.

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  • ian

    Aug 4, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Rangerman, it will get worse if the players who are on big wages but no good are kept because there are so many of them. The only way to offload those is give the club which takes them a wage subsidy, best in a lump sum and they are off the books.

    Ashley is well enough off to either put in money to fund this or guarantee an overdraft for this purpose.

    I thought you were one of the people who said the club was not in a financial mess?

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 4, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #33

    The club has been in a financial mess before Ashley walked through the door, the only good thing we’ve had going for us is he’s rich enough to subsidise our losses and give us a loan which would be another £8 million per year drain on our income if it was still with the bank.

    Loaning them out with us subsidising their wages is a good idea but paying up front won’t make any difference in the long term, ideally they will make an impression where they get loaned out to and they offer up a permanent deal, better still sell them and subsidise their wages with the transfer fee we get for them.

    Luckily a lot of the big earners are either out of contract or close to it, with Owen, Martins and Viduka gone and Duff, Butt and Geremi in the final year of their contracts there is at least light at the end of the tunnel financially.

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  • ian

    Aug 4, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #34

    I would try lump sum subsidising straight off the books but not on loan, mind loans would be great if they were for the full player value but I see that as very unlikely.

    Ideally the club needs to be manouvered to a future profit position I do not see their present actiaons as this, Martins sold for £9m was just £9m off the value of the club and now creates a no goalscoring striker problem and a panic buy.
    We cannot keep Beye, Bassong and Taylor so Bassong will have to be sold.

    £1.5m loan and Smith off the books puts us in a £1.36m better position at the year end. £2m loan and Xisco off the books puts us in a £4.24 million over 3 years better off and so on, a much better option in my view.
    Xisco may have accepted £2m to scrap his contract. Because if the club goes in to administration he gets nothing.

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  • harry861

    Aug 10, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #35

    Re Bao Zheng. Bang on
    The two on field against West Bromwich.
    Where Ameobi the so called striker, when we play with him we are playing with 10 men, The centre back Coloccini is a liability.

    Why oh why don’t we give Ranger chance it’s impossible to be worst than Ameobi.

    Was really impressed with Krul the goalkeeper. Have supported Duff & Jona had good game.
    The referee was nightmare, they get poorer & poorer

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