Peter Lovenkrands didn’t have a very good start to the season and had only scored two goals by the time the new year rolled along.
Peter Lovenkands – in terrific form for Newcastle this year
But since then Peter has scored 12 goals in 11 games this year, and he looks such a bargain buy at £0, and has been in wonderful goal-scoring form
Of course Newcastle signed him initially as a free agent a year last January and again in early September.
Peter scored 3 goals in the Premiership last season in important games, but when the season started he was faced with personal problems, with his father’s serious illness.
Tragically his father died while still quite young, in January, but with Peter getting regular starts in his preferred position up front, he’s shown he’s still a top-class marksman.
Certainly his father will be very proud of him right now.
Newcastle dillied and dallied in resigning Peter this summer, and even let his contract run out, but they eventually came to their senses and signed him on the last day of the transfer window, although Peter didn’t get the terms he was seeking.
But Lovenkrands has been just great for Newcastle this year and Chris commented today about his impact, and why the Newcastle coaching staff had to be patient initially with the great Dane:
“We had to be patient with him because he didn’ t have a proper pre-season,”
“In some ways we’re reaping the benefit of that now. He did start slowly because of that, which we knew would be the case.”
“He picked up a couple of smaller injuries and had a couple of setbacks with his family problems.” ” Luckily for us he’s very much peaking at the right time.”
Manager Hughton admits the versatile Løvenkrands has exceeded his expectations this year, and while he was good last season, the former Glasgow Rangers and Schalke player was generally played out on the wing.
His switch to his favorite position as an out-and-out striker has paid off big time for Newcastle and for Peter.
“Probably the biggest difference is that at the moment he’s playing regularly and up front,”
“When I brought him in during the summer it was because I knew he could play a few positions. I didn’t specifically look at him as an out-and-out front player.”
“I knew he could equally play on the left, which he had done for us at times last season when he provides good cover for Jonás (Gutiérrez), and on the right-hand side.”
“He is playing regularly in a team providing him with chances. I think it would be fair to say he’s been a bonus for us.”
“Did I see him playing as many games for us as he has done up front? Probably the answer to that is no.”
“I still look at him as an option in those other positions but I look at him as more a centre-forward now.”
Newcastle fans would love to see Løvenkrands rewarded with a place in the Denmark side for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
We have a sneaking suspicion he’ll make the squad, and Denmark would be daft not to take him
And finally, with players seeing out their contracts these days, Newcastle may be able to pick up some top free agents, and we’re sure the club already has tabs on prospective free agents available this summer.
After all Peter was a terrific buy for the Tyneside club, for nothing.
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