Peter Lovenkrands has talked today about the season so far, and that he thinks his best position is up front, which is where he played last Saturday, as he partnered new boy Marlon Harewood at the center of Newcastle’s attack.
Peter Lovenkrands – wants to play up front
Peter has struggled to become both physically fit and match fit, since he rejoined Newcastle on the very last day of the transfer window in early September.
Peter said today:
“I’ve been quite happy with how things have gone since coming back. I feel I need a bit more match sharpness and maybe I need to get into form again,”
“Also I have really been playing out of position on the wing. I can play right wing or left wing, but my best position is up front, I think.” “That’s how I would like to play if that is possible – although I know we have lots of good strikers.”
“Last year I was mostly playing in behind Oba (Martins), and I like playing in that role just off the main striker, being able to make runs in behind. I managed to score a few goals there too, and hopefully that would happen again if I got the chance.”
“I enjoyed Saturday and I liked playing up front with Marlon. It was the first chance I got to play alongside him, but I think we showed signs we’re good together and there were signs of a partnership there.”
We seem to be quite well off with strikers since we have Harewood, Carroll, Ranger and young local lad Donaldson, and Shola Ameobi will be fit again in early December.
One thing against Peter is that he missed pre-season, since the club (in their misguided wisdom) did not extend his contract in the summer.
Lovenkrands was then out of contract for a few months, and so missed the whole of pre-season with the rest of the team, but he attempted to keep himself fit by training at his former club, Glasgow Rangers.
“I think I’m probably one game away from being 100%. I’m very close now to feeling fully fit,” “I’ve got a couple of days off now like the rest of the squad and I won’t be doing anything special. It’s important to make the most of the chance to let your body rest.”
“To be honest, I’m fed up of running now! I did so much of it over the summer, and it’s not that kind of fitness that I’m lacking, it’s just that bit of match fitness.”
“I’m really, really enjoying life back at Newcastle and getting a regular run of games again,” “It’s been a hectic and hard period because there’s been so many games, but it’s been enjoyable and, of course, it helps when the team is doing well.”
“I’m delighted to be back, I already feel settled at Newcastle, and when I get back to full fitness I’m confident I can play a part in getting the club back to where it belongs.”
The best way for Peter to gain a starting place up front is to score some goals.
Peter is certainly a different type of striker than the others we have in the squad, and he will be able to poach goals, in much the same way that Michael Owen did, when he was at his best.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating – and our next game comes a week tomorrow at Nottingham Forest, where we think Chris could well start Harewood and Lovenkrands together again in that game.
With just one goal in our previous two home games, we will need to get on the scoring track again if we are to get the wins we desperately need.