We have six decent strikers at the club in Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Leon Best, Xisco and young 19 year-old Nile Ranger.
Nile Ranger – playing wide on right
And in order to give these lads a try-out Hughton has been playing them out wide – with Xisco playing out on the left, as he did on Saturday, and Nile Ranger playing out wide on the right.
Hughton has said he had very little contact with Xisco last season, when he was on loan at Racing Santander, and said today:
“Xisco has been good in pre-season.” “He has come back in good shape and he is our player. What we have are six strikers who have all been fit in pre-season.”
“It has been a case of shifting them around to give them the minutes they need.”
“We have ended up playing Nile Ranger on the right of midfield, and he did not figure on Saturday because he had played for the reserves the previous night.”
“It is an unfamiliar position for Xisco on the left.” “We want to make sure we make the most of him.”
Certainly Chris is not short of options up front next season, and we still have a certain Kevin Nolan, who in the first half on Saturday, looked the most dangerous Newcastle forward – although of course he was playing in central midfield.
But we hope Kevin can keep getting the goals he got for us last season, and regularly got in the Premier League when he was captain at Bolton Wanderers.