Newcastle Need More Signings Like Lovenkrands This Summer

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.

Chris continued:

“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.

Comments very welcome.

9 comments so far

  • rab666

    Mar 20, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Thought I would save you some time,
    Cutting a pasting, some of these are interesting

    Here are ten more players who (at the time of writing) will be out of contract at the end of the season and are likely to be hot property in the summer months:

    1. Fabio Aurelio (Liverpool) – The 30-year-old full-back has turned down a pay-as-you-play extension to his current contract, with Liverpool understood to be reluctant to offer a standard contract to a player who has spent more time on the treatment table than he has on the pitch during his time at Anfield. Reliable in every aspect but his fitness, plenty of other clubs may see the Brazilian set-piece expert as worth a gamble.

    2. Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United) – Resigned to losing his star striker in the summer, Leeds boss Simon Grayson has suggested that Beckford could be Everton-bound after supposedly agreeing a pre-contract with the Toffees. Increasingly prolific over the last three seasons in League One, it was only going to be a matter of time before he attracted serious interest from top clubs. Not only is his strike rate higher than ever (he has averaged four goals every five games this season), but recent high-profile goals against United and Spurs in the FA Cup have proved that Beckford should be able to cut it in the top flight.

    3. Kris Boyd (Glasgow Rangers) – Reported interest from both Birmingham City and Aston Villa in January. Alex McLeish will need fresh additions to his squad to consolidate this season’s expected top-half finish, while Martin O’Neill may be looking to replace Emile Heskey or John Carew in the summer. Both managers could be disappointed by Rangers’ recent offer of a new contract to Boyd, although this has yet to be approved.

    4. Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux) – Despite the Moroccan striker stating yesterday that he has not signed for the Gunners, brought you the news that he has signed a pre-contract with Arsene Wenger’s young guns. Initial talks with Liverpool over a proposed £60,000 a week dealcollapsed earlier in the week with Arsene Wenger snapping up the Moroccan. Both the lengthy injury to Robin Van Persie and sporadic availability of Fernando Torres this season have highlighted Arsenal and Liverpool’s respective need for another out-and-out striker.

    5. Joe Cole (Chelsea) – Not guaranteed the first team football at Chelsea that would guarantee him first team football for England. Talks over a new contract have reportedly stalled due to the player’s excessive wage demands. Would have no shortage of suitors should he become a free agent in the summer. One of several Bosman worries for Chelsea, who also have Michael Ballack, Juliano Belletti and Deco out of contract in the summer.

    6. Jerzy Dudek (Real Madrid) – A benchwarmer at the Bernabéu in recent years, the Pole is unlikely to have his contract renewed by Real Madrid. At the tender age of 36 he may be tempted to hang up his gloves and call it a day, but don’t bet against a Premier League return for the former Liverpool ‘keeper whose heroics in Istanbul will live long in the memories of fans in this country.

    7. Kevin Kuranyi (Schalke 04) – The Bundesliga hitman held talks with Sunderland in the January transfer window over a proposed loan move, probably as a replacement for Kenywne Jones, who was at the time linked with Birmingham City and Liverpool. Birmingham themselves have been rumoured to be keeping tabs on the Brazilian-born German international, as have Chelsea. Reports in Germany suggest that Kuranyi is keen to stay at Schalke, but until he puts pen to paper we reserve the right to assume otherwise.

    8. Joe Ledley (Cardiff City) –The Welsh international midfielder may already have played his last game for Cardiff, having just undergone a double hip operation that is likely to keep him out of action for the rest of the season. The 23-year-old has been with the Bluebirds since the age of nine, but rejected offers of a new contract before Christmas. While both club and player have hinted that a new deal is still on the cards, these negotiations will be monitored by a whole host of clubs, including Everton who were heavily linked with a £6m move for the player last summer.

    9. Christoph Metzelder (Real Madrid) – “I do not think that the club will extend my contract,” the 29-year-old said bluntly in a recent interview. The ex-Dortmund defender has stated that he regrets joining Madrid, where a lack of first team football has cost him his place in the German national team. He may regret it further should a lack of appearances at the World Cup deny him the lucrative new contract offers he hopes for from other clubs in the summer. Probably favours a return to Germany at this stage of his career, but may interest Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United, all of whom may be looking for defensive cover in the summer.

    10. Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn Rovers) – Once the star of a Blackburn side very much on the way up, the Norwegian winger with the boy band looks may be looking to move on in the summer. Blackburn have reportedly offered Pedersen a new three-year deal, but with the Lancashire club dropping into the bottom half of the table in the last couple of years, the 28-year-old’s ambition may take him elsewhere. Linked with a move to Celtic in the January transfer window and also courted by Turkish side Fenerbahce.

  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 20, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    rab666 – great work – hey we need to get this to Hughton. 😀

  • Rich TOON bristol

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    5 words… Jermaine Beckford and Kevin doyle!!!!

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 20, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Rab666 Definitely Ledley on a free. Other players that wouldn’t cost the earth like Samuel Inkoom RB (Basel) and Roland Juhasz CB (Andrlecht). Marek Hamsik (AM) of Napoli would cost a few bob but could be the answer to our creativity and goalscoring problems from midfield.

  • nightfa11

    Mar 20, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Shot Bru – hamsik just signed a new 5 year deal with napoli on thursday.

  • Spuggy

    Mar 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Things are getting exciting now!! Just looking to next season for a moment.

    The best we can hope for next season if we’re promoted is 9th position – and that if we spend a few quid as well.

    We are miles off the top – usual top 4, Man city, spuds, everton, villa all at least 50-100 million quid ahead of us in todays market – and thats if players WANT to come to us. So it may be we rely on what we have with a few smart additions and BUILD a team over time, which will take a few seasons, and a lot of what some fans don’t have – patience!!

    The way I see what we have and what we need…..


    Simpson/R Taylor
    S Taylor/Williamson

    KEY MAN – CREATIVE CM/Barton/Nolan

    PROVEN GOAL SCORER or Carroll/Ranger

    Anyone agree or wish to suggest changes? views welcome…

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Good work rab 666

    Metzelder, and Belletti would do nicely and realistic….maybe.

    Kuranyi is a very useful striker…not too sure about Ledley, hye is a decent player but not too much better than we already have.

  • Spuggy

    Mar 20, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Anyone think its worth punt for Santa cruz, Micah Richards, and michael johnson??

    Two are persistent benchwarmers (SC and MR) and one (MJ) is injured for the season but may be cheap next if fit.

    I would keep my eyes on second tier Man city player and plunder them as they are likely to go mad again in the summer window, esp if they don’t make 4th place. I know they’d cost a bit but these are exactly the positions we need so would enhance the team massively.

  • Solaidback

    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Are you all forgetting we have a wage cap now, so you can forget the like of second tier Manc Al Citey players as they would still want a min 60k a week & we’re not buying into those kind of players anymore!!

    I know the wage cap is 15k a week now but do you think Ashley will increase it to say 40k a week when we’re back in the PL or not??

    In any case, most of the players you’ve mentioned probably won’t come to us on that sort of money, so we need to see about getting lower based players in for now from teams like Stoke, Birmingham, Wigan, Blackburn etc & don’t expect too much, or you’ll be disappointed again 🙁


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