Peter Lovenkrands has never played a game yet this summer, and we doubt if manager Chris Hughton will start him at Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.
Peter Lovenkrands – great acquisition for Newcastle this season
But we would expect Peter to start on the bench on Sunday, so he can be brought on late in the game, to get that match practice you can only get that by playing of course.
Chris should bring him on early enough at Cardiff so he can get his first goal of the season too.
It shows how popular Peter was at Newcastle last season, as the Newcastle players were in constant communication with him over the summer, imploring him to come back to Newcastle – if he was offered the chance.
And of course his Glaswegian wife Teresa gave birth to their second child this summer too.
Chris talked about Lovenkrands’ fitness today:
“Peter’s missed a lot of football during the summer,” “I know he’s done a lot of work at home by himself because he was aware that he would be going somewhere.”
“But he’s missed minutes on the training pitch and on the football field.” “That being the case, we want to try to get him up to speed as soon as possible.”
The Newcastle manager also talked about the acquisition of the 21 times capped Danish International:
“We were always confident that it would happen.” “It was important that one of the first players we brought in was someone that the players here knew and trusted.”
“He can play in a number of positions and will be a very valuable member of the squad.”
We never understood why the club let him do in the summer in the first place.
Certainly it went down to the wire, with Birmingham unable to sign his at the last minute.
But Peter became an even better signing when he fianlly came in, because we had then lost Owen, Viduka, Martins, Xisco and Duff, and those are positions Peter can play in – striker and winger.
Peter also took the number 11 shirt vacated by Damien Duff, when the Irishman joined Fulham.
He’s a great addition to the side because of his obvious class, but we should never have let him go in the summer.