Newcastle Linked With Top Young English Striker


There is certainly a lot of news out there on who Newcastle are tracking ready for the summer transfer season.

Charlie Austin –  20 year-old Swindon striker

Today we were linked with 31 year old Jimmy Bullard, who’s now at Hull City and Sky Sports is now reporting this afternoon that Newcastle are also interested in hot young Swindon striker Charlie Austin.

Austin was bought by Swindon last October from non-league club Poole Town and has been in startling form for The Robins ever since.

The 20 year-old 6’2″ striker has scored 16 goals in 22 starts for the Swindon side, and is thought to be one of the best young talents in the country right now.

The Hungerford-born youngster was at Poole from 2007 until 2009 and in his 43 games for the club scored an amazing 48 goals.

Charlie started his football career as part of the Reading Youth Academy, and played for Thatcham Town, Kintbury Rangers and Hungerford Town before joining Poole in 2007.

But Austin, who will turn 21 in July,  has received interest from a number of big clubs, but he fits into what Newcastle are looking for – a future potential great player who is still fairly young, and can be picked up for a reasonable fee.

Newcastle are reported to have watched Austin several times in the last few weeks, although Spurs and Fulham are also said to be more than interested in the player.

Championship leaders  Newcastle watched Austin in action at the weekend against Hartlepool, with assistant manager Colin Calderwood present at Victoria Park.

Austin was given a new two-and-a-half year deal in February at the Swindon club, and this player could be a real target this summer, when we expect a bit of a clear out of our strikers on Tyneside.

We would at the very least expect 28 year-old Shola Ameobi to be moved on during the summer months.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


32 comments so far

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Before anyone starts saying “but what about Nile Ranger?” it’s worth mentioning three things:

    a) You need more than one striker at the club and anyway, why put all your eggs in one basket?

    b) Even if we buy this lad and he doesn’t quite make it we’ll probably still sell him at a profit

    c) I’m told, again by the same genuinely well informed source, that young Nile isn’t behaving himself. His little bit of fame has apparently gone straight to his head and he’s out on the town even on nights before games. He’s been told that he won’t be getting any starts until he sorts himself out. Maybe we have another Dyer on our hands..?

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  • Aza9

    Mar 29, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Sign him and loan him back to Swindon and send Tozer back to them as well. Get Ranger loaned to a championship side next season providing we aren’t still one.

    @AngerOfTheNorth –
    Thought Nile was sorting himself out since he signed for us but obv not. Bit disappointing he looks a good prospect.

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  • chuck

    Mar 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Why would we expect Shola Ameobi to be moved on, he 1s probably our best striker at present.
    I know that does`nt say a lot about the rest, but hey!

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  • Spuggy

    Mar 29, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    This is exactly the kinda players we should be targeting – its a win win, is he becomes a star great, if he fails well no loss because didnt cost much, can move him on prob at a profit.

    I think Houghton will be taking a punt on a few championship players this summer – afterall he’s spent a season here watching them!

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  • boater

    Mar 29, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Chuck – be prepared for a shola backlash.

    I argue shola’s case constantly, Ed you continue to say he will be moved on I accept he is on slightly higher wages and injury record is dubious BUT that aside, he remains the closest thing we have to a proven premiership player – people will jump on that, but stats show that when he is given a run he leads the line well and hits 1 in 3 on goals. he is also happy to play second string in the premiership, and his experience will be a big asset for us from the bench even.

    I have yet to see a good argument for him leaving.

    Dunno about this lad though Ranger has to take his chances between now and the end of season, especially if hughton gives him more playing time (should we secure promotion sooner) or else loan until xmas maybe the way to go aye.

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  • ksmit

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Ameobi does tend to bag quite a few goals when he is given a run but is only useful when playing up front in a game that we are dominating. In games against good teams he becomes a major liability when defending corners or trying to move the ball out of our half. He continually loses his mark when defending set pieces and gives up the ball in horrible positions when we are under pressure in our own half. The amount of goals that he creates for other teams through his poor play means that the amount of goals he has scored in the past is not really worth it. Good player offensively but major liability defensively.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #7

    only heard great things about this lad, i hope its true, get rid of leon worst

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #8

    anyone play fifa online on ps3?

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  • balubas1

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    look at the kids neck! ive seen such a neck on a footballer before… hmm… ROONEY it was!!
    buy him! the neck says it all.

    shola is 28yrs old now.. he is a through and through newcastle man… he’s a good squad player.. and don’t forget his form in the beginning of this season!! and NEVER forget when he smashed the scum! I have hated shola more then I have loved him.. but when it comes to it we should treat the guy with some respect for his long service.

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  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope they get rid of Shola. He does everityhing in slow motion and his 1st touch is soft as brick. Shame if that info of the young Ranger is accurate.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #11

    balubas1 you make a good point about the neck, wide neck broad shoulders

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  • balubas1

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    geordie gerrard– I play fifa10 on ps3. add me. nick: andy_papadopolos

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  • DJG

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Its a real shame about Ranger because he has the potential to be a top class striker with bags of pace and skills. He is still only about 18? so has time to grow up but not that much time because the career of a footballer is a short one. Why can’t one of the senior lads like Harps, Smith or Nolan get a hold of him and tell him to get it together in a non confrontational way. Maybe they are and he isn’t listening I don’t know.

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  • DJG

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #14

    lol he has got a rooney neck.

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Looking forward to tonight now, got some Uni work to do before the game, but I live in Nottingham and I’m off to a pub with Forest memorobilia in, might have to do a whisper shout if we score!
    Oh and I play fifa 10 on PS3, add is mjaffers89

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #16

    I can see us parting ways with shola. He is a good striker but injured too much. I don’t see him as a starter in the premier league. He could be a solid sub. Can’t say i want lovenkrands to go. He proved his grit in the premier league last season and has looked great this year. Andy Carrol and lovenkrands have really done well together as of late i don’t see either leaving. Nile Ranger is a long term project. I would like to see him loaned back down to a championship side thats gonna start him. I think a good season of consistant playing time at the championship level will have him ready. Did yall see the yank Jozy Altidore man handle fulham this weekend. 3 fulham defenders got yellow cards and another should have got sent off after bringing him down in the box to give up the spot kick. I think he would fit the bill newcastle is looking for as far as young promising strikers. either way they are gonna have to get some strikers in the summer because we only have 3 premier league ready amd only 2 will prob be here next season. As good as big andy and lovenkrands have been i think you want at least one superstar up there with big andy…
    Good day lads lets chop down those trees!!!!
    All the way from America,
    Howay the lads!!!

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  • moonraker

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Shola will never be good enough to take us forward. He’s too slow on the ball and loses possession far too often. He’s had enough chances to prove himself and he’s only still a united player cos of repeated changes in the management. If KK had stayed he would be gone anyway. Our future is in Andy Carroll and in my opinion Nile Ranger if they can keep him out of trouble off the pitch!! That lad at Swindon is a great prospect but we should make a move for Lambert at Southampton; he’s class. Anyway let’s get behind the lads tonight as this is THE big one this season! Howay the lads!!!!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #18

    my nick: Brown999HWTL

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  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #19

    As far as Shola Ameobi leaving – yes, it’s just my own opinion – maybe he’s been out too long – but I agree he was great early in the season.
    We seem to have too many strikers in Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Best, Carroll and Ranger – somebody surely will be moved out so we can increase the quality for next season.

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  • wsquare

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #20

    if he is that good why is he in league 1. this is bull c.

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  • moonraker

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #21

    wsquare, if you mean Lambert the reason is he’s on big wages at Saints and he wont be in league 1 next season!! If Saints dont get promotion through the playoffs he’ll be off.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Lamberts not great mate, i had a season ticket at the memorial couple of years ago when i worked in bristol, i would say his highest level is the championship. when we get promoted we should try our hardest to get donnavon and tuncay, both good foil for carroll

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  • balubas1

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #23

    when u put it that way Ed.. I agree with you..

    we need to axe somebody to have someone better in. All our strikers are really average players.. except maybe Carroll who sticks out a bit.. Would have been great if Martins never left.. he would be the guy for me.. but that won’t happen anyways..

    A real striker talent is what we need.. young and fresh.. maybe South America/Africa is the place to look? Technical skill should be priority as we need to balance the strikers if he is to play with Carroll.

    anyone have any video links on this charlie austin?

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  • Edd Case

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Best to start with Carroll tonight.

    3-1 Toon, Jonas, Carroll and then Best to finish Forrest off after they put us under pressure at 2-1.

    Howay The Lads.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #25

    He’s got Rooneys? I didn’t know that Rooney had a neck. Thought Rooney was all ears, mouth and chin. Anyway you don’t buy a player because he’s got Rooneys neck.

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  • Mac

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeah Geordie i play FIFA online ps3.
    Looking forward to tonights game. just gonna put a few pennies on my paddy power account . TOON TOON BLACK AND WHITE ARMY

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    fcuk im jealous im not at the game, i was up home last monday all the way to saturday, i just wish i was up there now man

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  • balubas1

    Mar 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #28

    GeordieGerman… hell yeah i would buy him because of the neck! if you placed 10 unproven english talents at my disposal, I would play the one with the rooney-neck!

    I started this neck thing as a joke, but the fact is that a broad, powerful neck is often a sign of explosive power.
    Physical attributes are important in modern football u know;) just look at the african invasion in football!

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  • Bao Zheng

    Mar 30, 2010 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #29

    Ksmit, good observations, correct conclusion, losing Shola at a corner is easier than well practically anything else.

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  • Sav

    Mar 30, 2010 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #30

    Surely, we’ll be selling Best before we worry about selling Shola who is on the richest vein of form of his career, even if its only in the Championship. Bets can’t do that.
    Good to see Perch and Gunther doing so well because if these are the type of lads Hughton is targeting, he won’t go far wrong.
    – Revisit for RB Perch in the summer, definitely.

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  • NOVA2967

    Mar 30, 2010 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #31

    Nadir Belhadj would be excellent to push Enrique and Jonas on the left.

    Perch would fill in as cover in the defensive midfield and backline possibly covering for simpson on the Rb since he can move up and down.

    O’hara for midfield along with Tarrabet to push for the right side or midfield.

    and then all that is needed is a STRIKER

    a beautiful team that would be with multiple players pushing for spots in every area although finding a tough defensive midfielder would put us over the top

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  • Sav

    Mar 30, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Wish I was as confident that all we need is no more than a bit of tweaking.
    Blackstock and Tyson missed sitters and for a long spell we hadn’t a clue how to break Forrest down. Their back 4 looked very good against our attack (especially Perch).
    I think we still need an overhaul with at least 3 players to replace (ie. not just cover or backup) what we have in our first 11.
    Gutierrez can go to the World Cup with Argentina but I still think the guy is a bit of a liability for giving the ball away or tumbling over….anyway, now is not the time to be worrying and moaning.

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