Five Strikers At Newcastle And Hughton Wants Another?

Chris Hughton has talked about his strikers this morning,  and thinks the competition at the club will only be good for the club.

Andy Carroll – one of the top strikers at Newcastle

Newcastle have Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi and Leon Best fighting it out for a couple of striker positions up front, and it seems almost certain that 19 year-old England U19 star, Nile Ranger, will be loaned out to another club until January at least.

Chris Hughton talked about his strikers to the Evening Chronicle today:

“That’s what competition is all about.” “The competition we had for places was very healthy last season.”

“We’ve got Shola, who missed part of the season but played a part at the start and the end.” “He was still able to score goals.”

“We’ve got Leon Best, who by his own admission we haven’t seen the best of yet. We certainly have four players up front who will come back with their own agendas.”

“They’ll come back fresh and looking for a challenge.”

And that’s just one thing we don’t understand in that Newcastle have been linked with some strikers this summer, including the last one this week – 23 year-old PSG striker Mevlüt Erdinç.

But with all the strikers we now have, and we only just bought Leon Best from Coventry City, in January after failing to persuade  Leeds United’s Jermaine  Beckford to come to Tyneside –  why would Chris be looking to bring in yet another?

We really have no idea,  but we have to think that if a new striker arrives, then surely one will be shipped out – permanently

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • gunnarnufc

    Jul 2, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #1

    We could have 200 strikers but that doesn’t mean any of them are the class we need and that there isn’t room for improvement.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jul 2, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Plus Xisco = 6 strikers. But Shola and Best are not good enough in the premierleague (cant say anything about Xisco as I havnt seen him play) so thats why we could use another striker at the club..

  • listie

    Jul 2, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    We are looking because we have strikers
    Shola – Might prove us all wrong
    Carroll – Good, not great yet
    Ranger – Fell off last season, need to learn his trade in lower leage and then come back to us
    Best – Waste of money needs to go asap
    McLovin – Again good but not great
    Xisco – Who?
    We need at least 2 strikers who will bang in 10 goals each for us, I see Carroll might do that, but none of the rest

  • Newutd

    Jul 2, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Agreed, Gunnar.

    Shola and Best doesn’t cut it. It’s as simple as that. The same goes for Xisco. He is a poor mans Carroll, and would NOT fit in as Carolls strikepartner. Just to mention it, there also was a reason we let Løvenkrands on the free after our going-down season. He wasn’t good at all in the Premiership. Let’s hope he does better this season.

    We dearly need one class striker, and I hope the Mevlut initiative was a sign that Hughton does so aswell.

  • tom tomb

    Jul 2, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed you have got to be joking with that statement ‘why are we looking for another’. Answer we have not got a proven premiership striker!
    Well said listie pretty close to fact.
    We need a 15-20 goal striker just to keep us up there is not one on our books at present.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 2, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Comments 1-5 just about sums it up! Quality not quantity is the name of the game in the Prem.

  • Dude

    Jul 2, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #7

    1 or 2 look to be goners. Hope it’s Shola, Best and Xisco actually. Need a quick complement to Carroll.

  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Can’t believe the amount of rubbish articles nowadays, very disappointing.

    The question has been answered already and to think we were relegated with Oba, Owen and Dukes but “we” ( ! ) think we’ll be ok with Best, Ranger and Shola eh?

    We don’t just need someone to put the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis but also supply, some creativity.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 2, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Stupidest headline yet!!
    Look at the goal record in the premiership for all our strikers!!
    granted 3 are unproven in EPL Carroll, Ranger and Best….

    Ranger lacks experience, Carroll has potential and only potential, best?? well if he cant get confidence in fizzy pop why on earth will he get it in EPL??

    McLovin, cracking striker in SPL and Fizzy pop, no better than Average in EPL, Shola (Im the next Shearer) take out his Fizzypop stats and re-read his goals per game ratio!! apart from the fact the Ark Royal turns quicker than him!!

    Need i go on or has this satisifed your silly question Ed??

    Disappointed in this site lately……and thats from someone who defends it to the hilt ..

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #10

    I left Xisco out deliberately because not sure if he is actually a striker??? Come to that…..not sure if he’s a football player.

    6 foot, built like a brick shite house and still gets knocked down by the wind from a flying ants wing!!!!!!!!!!

  • boater

    Jul 2, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #11

    NewUtd – not so simple as that.

    Shola is worthy of a place in our squad. Why do you continue to put hit in the same bracket as Best – aint fair at all.

    You are all hilarious – you hear a name, check the stats on wikipedia, convince yourself they are the solution to all our problems, and the rightful heir of Shearaaa’s legacy and damn the current players to damnation.

    Newutd & co. you sound like a bunch of benwell chavs, grow up. Simple as that.

  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Disappointed in this site lately……and thats from someone who defends it to the hilt ..


  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 2, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Shola is terrible in the EPL FACT.
    Look at his goals per game Ratio man for gods sake.

    HTF are we Benwell Chavs for having an opinion based on FACT??

    200 odd appearances, and 40 odd goals? 1 in 5 approx………take off this seasons goals and it looks even more grim.

    The fact is, he cant do it at the top level….if we stick to playing player “who cant do it at the top level” we wont stay at the top level……..

    Now, where did i put my burberry basey cap!!!

  • bro56

    Jul 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #14


    why do you keep defending Shola, obviously every geordie would love him to be a good player but he aint. As long as Shola, Best are at the club the chances to adding decent strikers are limited. We could do without both of them and add 1 proving goal scorer which would probably save wages.. quality not quantity is what we need, especially in the financial pickle we find ourselves..

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 2, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Carroll had a great season last season but we cant pin our hopes on him.

    Lovenkrands can go missing for large chunks of the game but had great movement and a good finisher but i worry against the better teams he will not get into the game.

    Xisco..faked injury to get away from the club, so should not be allowed anywhere near the club again and Best is not good enough….backup at best (no pun intended).

    Thing is with shola he knows where the goal is. Look at his goals last season, coventry, sheffield wednesday and forest especially, half a chance and he put it in. He seems to score when he gets a good run in the prem, scored a few when kinnear played him and had that awesome run under roeder.

    But still another striker with a little bit of class wouldnt go a miss. Its nonsense to say a 20 goal a season striker as they are rare and expensive, but a guaranteed 10 goal a season striker would do just nicely.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 2, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh and putting FACT after your own opinion doesnt make it a fact.

  • boater

    Jul 2, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Robby Bobson – You beat me to it. Never trust a statement ending in FACT. Fact.

    Oh lad, heaven’s above. I give in with you lot I really do. Shola is fine – he is not a world beating no.9 and he never will be but he has been on good runs in the past when fit and when selected.

    My point is not really about shola – it’s about the scapegoating lynch mob within the rank and file of the toon army. The most self-defeating aspect of the club and always has been historically.
    We need a punch bag for the angry chavs – it’s like you’re not happy unless you’re bashing someone in particular. Bramble was a classic – yes he was error prone, a talented player with lapses in concentration and confidence. Do you really think the baying mob helped with his performances? No – it undermined his performances you absolute bunch of half-wits.

    What’s sickening about the shola bashing is he did NOWT wrong last season. He scored classy individual goals in tight and tetchy encounters. He finished the season with a 2 in 3 ratio. And what does he get? ‘He’s found his level’. What does Nolan and Carroll get for bagging their goals ‘too good for this level’.

    I get worked up because I have seen the totally detrimental effect to the club this kind of baying mob crap has. It makes the chavs in benwell feel better – but it’s reactionary and unhelpful in the broader sense. I thought we were meant to be on the same side… jeeeeeeeeez.

  • boater

    Jul 2, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #18

    bro56 – I guess you are entitled to your own opinion – but the player I saw last season with ameobi written on his back scored 3 or 4 of our best and most crucial goals. He also got 11 in 16 games – he also did a perfectly satisfactory job in times gone by when selected on a run.

    Even after the crap of last season’s relegation – you all STILL want your big gestures – a bit of theatre and sacrifice, a new messiah, a trophy signing – a pound of flesh. It’s pretty depressing.

  • boater

    Jul 2, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Robby Bobson – Well said lad. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

  • boater

    Jul 2, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Finally, Ed you must know that you are just cranking up the mob into a frenzy with this sort of loaded article/headline. It’s exactly how the tabloids work in this country isn’t it – getting the natives restless just to sell the papers.

  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #21

    I think you’ll find he said an opinion based on fact, the facts used being his games to goal ratio, seems a suitable fact to use.

    I like Shola and anybody who tries 100% in B&W, unfortunately he’s never really progressed much whether it was down to injuries or our huge amount of managers swapping teams/formations all the time. I see Shola as a final 30 minutes substitute, hopefully after we are a goal or two ahead 🙂

    Carroll on the other hand has it all ahead of him, this season could be the making of him but if he’s sent down it could put him back years or even ruin his career especially if he hasn’t learnt from his mistakes.

    I still think we need a new striker as a priority but with the money we have to spend maybe the likes of Boyd to play off Carroll might be an answer, maybe Loven can play a huge roll too but even then……..

  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #22

    boater, I’ve noticed the “sensational” headlines too, makes NOTW look factual …. 🙂 IMO it must be for hits.

  • aguero10

    Jul 2, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Are you serious Ed? Is it not obvious? They are all not good enough and i include Andy Carroll in that aswell. If we’re going to rely on him to get goals in the premier league i’m afraid we’ll go down

  • Newutd

    Jul 2, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Give me a break boater. Ok fair enough, he may give anything in the black and white shirt but season after season he has shown that he is a poor player in the EPL. It’s as easy as that. He seems like a good person, and he is sort of a culthero, but to succeed in football, we need LOT better. I don’t care what you saw in Ameobi in the Championship..the league quality difference is immense. But you just keep defending him and whine about “negative supporters who don’t support the team”. Wake up, look at facts, get real etc etc.

  • giimps

    Jul 2, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #25

    How about lets just see what happens ? rather than whinge about who we need or dont need, whos good enough and who isnt.
    The way I see it, the team we have at the moment is not the team who got us relegated ,this is a team who works and tries, which is much better than the lazy good for nothing tw*ts we had .
    This team will struggle , but will struggle together and help each other, we wont pull any trees up, get into europe or win any silverware, but I believe we will be better than w brom and Blackpool again so we only have to get more points than 1 more team to survive.
    It will be hard, we will need all our players and some of the young talent to shine when called on, but it will be enough………..then next season or even the season after, we will be in a better financial state which may allow us to compete higher up the league.
    Rant over, get a grip, support the lads and who knows where this will take us (hopefully upwards).

  • bro56

    Jul 3, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #26

    boater.. I agree with your article, I too hate the lynch-mob we have at the toon, you would never see me vent my frustrations in public. I’d never boo a player and find it quite comical seeing a tattooed 50 yr old booing. Football is big business tho and opinions matter, it seems the majority of fans have the opinion that Shola isnt good enough, yes he scores a few goals, when fit.. but he never wins a ball in the air and is always caught offside.. he’s certainly ended his ‘one for the future’ tag at 29. I just think for a club like newcastle with a tight budget we could do without Shola and make way for a fitter, hungrier younger player to be giving a Ranger, yes he didnt have a great season lst yr but as long as Houghton has (20 minutes) Shola on the bench players like ranger might never get their chance..

    but I’m sure we’ll see this season, I hope I’m proven wrong but I’d expect it to be the same old Shola…


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