News early this morning that Chris Hughton is considering making a move for out-of-favour Blackburn striker Jason Roberts.
Jason Roberts – London-born Grenada striker
Roberts joined Blackburn from Wigan in 2006, and has played 157 times for Blackburn Rovers with 36 goals, and in his two seasons at Wigan,, whom he joined from West Brom, he played 60 times with 29 goals.
It appears that the 32-year-old Grenada international (22 caps, 12 goals), has just one year left on his contract, and has struggled to hold down a first-team spot under manager Sam Allardyce this season.
So we should really cut this discussion short and say there’s no way Chris should bring Jason to Newcastle – since we already have a number of strikers who would appear to be better than Roberts.
Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi are all good strikers, and we also have 19 year-old Nile Ranger coming through.
So bringing in Roberts would only impact the club bringing along young Nile Ranger, which has already happened when we brought in the seemingly ordinary Leon Best in January.
If we are to bring in another striker this summer, it should be somebody who can start at the club – and not an older type player whose best years are behind him.
It seems that any player available, who has Premier League experience, will be a Newcastle target – so expect us to be linked with almost every player that becomes available this summer – and yes you could ask – what’s new?
That’s what we think on Jason Roberts, assuming this unlikely story has some truth to it, which is rather unlikely.