Pete Lovenkrands had a rough start to last season, but this year came through big time with 14 of his 16 goals scored in the second half of the season.
Peter Lovenkrands – looking forward to next season
Peter had some injury problems early in the season, and of course his father was very sick and finally passed away last January. At the time Peter was given massive support by the Newcastle fans, and Peter was at that time on a goal-scoring run and dedicated the goals to his father’s memory.
Peter is back with the rest of the lads in pre-season training, since Monday, and he told the Evening Chronicle:
“I felt I had a really good season, and the team did as well.” “It was really pleasing, and we could relax and enjoy the summer.” “It’s really important for me that I’ll be able to join from the start, which I didn’t do last year. Hopefully, that will show on the pitch.”
“I want to be 100% from the start, especially with it being Man U away.” “It means a lot, and I’m pleased to be part of it.” “Touch wood, there will be no injuries, and I’ll be fit for the start of the season. That’s what I‘’ll’m aiming for.”
And one thing that served Newcastle very well throughout last season when things got tough, which they inevitably do in stages of the season, was the terrific team spirit that exists on Tyneside.
That’s one of the major things that makes us think the lads will do OK next season, and hopefully will not be involved in a relegation scrap.
“It’s been great.” “The boys are really up for it – the same kind of attitude as last year.” “The boys really want to get started and get working.”
“We want to enjoy ourselves as well.” “First of all, the main target is to stay in the Premier League.” “When you go down and come up again a lot of people expect you to go back down again.”
“So the main thing is to stay up. But the squad we have has a lot of potential. I’m sure the boys themselves think that as well.” “We’re going to go and give it our best shot, and we’ll aim to be up in the middle of the table.”
If Lovenkrands can beat his 16 goals of last season (the Chronicle is saying it’s 17 – but it’s 16 – believe us), he will have a tremendous season in the Premier league and Newcastle will probably have done very well.
The Denmark international is keen to score more goals on Tyneside adding:
“My wife last year said 15, and I beat that goal by a little bit, so I’ll wait to see what she says, and I’ll try to beat that! ” “When I first came to the club, I played up with Oba Martins, and we played really well together. I proved I could play in that league.”
“Last year, I think I proved what my position really is, and I’m sure with the players we have wide, Chris knows I can play up front or behind the striker.” “It’s all about confidence – if you get off to a good start, and get on a good run, it can take you a long way.”
There’s no doubt that Peter Lovenkrands is a very talented player, and since he was signed for nothing 18 months ago, he has appeared 44 times for the Magpies with 19 goals (0.43 goals per game).
That’s a record that is so much better than a certain Michael Owen – 30 goals in 79 appearances – (0.38 goals per game) but over four year
And the wage bill over those four years was a massive £22M paid out by the club to the former England International, who left Tyneside in his own helicopter just two days after Newcastle were relegated without saying one word – and he was our captain? So much for the team spirit during the relegation season.
And we hear Michael is happy Newcastle were promoted last season – oh – and by the way Michael cost us a massive £17M more than we paid for Peter.