Aliadiere In Talks – How Bad Is Best’s Hamstring Injury?


The Daily Mail is reporting today that former Middlesbrough and Arsenals striker Jeremie Aliadiere has held talks with Newcastle United over a deal to sign for the club through the end of the season.

Jeremie Aliediere – in talks with Newcastle

Newcastle have only two fit strikers at the moment in Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger, and we know that Shola Ameobi is out for around two months with his broken cheekbone, but don’t know how long Leon Best will be out with his hamstring injury.

The 27 year old Aliediere is a free agent and seems one of two players out of contract, who have interested Newcastle since they lost Andy Carroll to Liverpool, the other one being 29 year-old Brazilian Ewerthon.

It turns out that Aliadiere had interest from former club Middlesbrough and Premier League club Blackpool last month, but both deals fell through,  and it now seems he may be joining Newcastle to help the Magpies out in their hour of need.

We would all hope that somebody comes in this week, but if not then it looks like Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger could start up front at Blackburn on Saturday, and we want to see our lads start that game like a steam train to make up for the embarrassment of last Saturday’s first half performance, which was the worst seen at St. James Park for years and years.

The second half performance was the best seen at St. James’ Park for years and years, and created fantastic news for the famous Tyneside club aorund the world . 😀

Maybe Alan could even bring in a couple of free agents, but we’d like to hear some news of how bad Leon Best’s injury is – Leon has done well in scoring 4 goals in 7 appearances so far, and he was unlucky not to get a couple of goals on Saturday.

Leon looks a good player and he certainly has the right attitude, and the 24 year-old could do a good job for Newcastle through the end of the seaosn, and he will have then proved his worth to Newcastle – he’s certainly a much better striker than we thought he was.

And Nile Ranger looked almost unplayable when he came on after 73 minutes for Peter Lovenkrands on Saturday, and surely he has the chance to be as good as Andy Carroll in a year or so, and remember this lad is only 19 years old,  and there is a lot of improvement in his game still to make.

To Nile’s credit, we thought he made a big difference in that last 17 minutes, and was one reason the Arsenal defense panicked and looked less than solid, which only helped Newcastle’s cause.

We’ll not even mention our other young striker Phil Airey, the 19 year-old lad born in Amble, who is out injured right now but could see some action in the first team, when he gets fit again.

This lad is also a very promising player.

Comments welcome.



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58 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Thank god this is in the Daily Mail. For a horrible moment there I thought it was true!

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  • ASTORIA

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    One word…Desperate!

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    We need bodies …get him in …

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  • huginn

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d like to see Ranger get a run in the team leading the line as I think Best is a No. 10 who can’t play with his back to goal and hold up the ball.

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  • toonyoyo

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    hope this is not right i would much rather ewerthon signed he is a more natural goal scorer i think he would score a few before the season ends

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    G, Astoria…..considering our injuries what options do u think we have ?? I know who i’d prefer to see as a substitute for a striker and that certainly not guthrie…..and we haven’t heard anything on Best front as yet

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  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    aliadiere is pure muck he ain’t as good as what we already have.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s no better than what we have, but is a different kind of player to what we have. May turn out useful on the bench to change things a bit in the second half. Would like to see him AND ewerthon, since we need two bodies short term.

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    We need bodies yes, but not Aliadiere, he is utter tosh. It will be an insult for him to be given a Toon shirt.
    Just ask the Boro fans about him!!!

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Here we go again. Blah blah, we need back up, blah blah but we don’t like the ones who are available, so we’ll whinge if we get them, and also whinge if we get no one, which is the other option lol.

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  • G

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Toonkistan @ 6. I would rather look within our own reserves, and indeed junior squads before I considered Aliadiere. Total mercenary, who thinks he’s better than he is, often injured, uncommitted player.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    And someone always accuses them of being mercinary! He played for boro ffs, how mercinary can he be?! Toon fans can be totaly unfair, and to be honest, stupid sometimes.

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 8, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    G…we are already relying on one of our reserves striker i.e. Ranger..who do we have Airey?? How good is he, no one knows and can he step up to this level, the boy is 16 ….and on top he’s injured too i guess…what i meant is we need bodies be it anyone but they shld’ve played at this level….poor xisco might have got his chance now but alas he’s been loaned out at worst possible timing

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  • Sinner

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #14

    He surely can run with ball unlike Best.
    Get him and Ewerthon. -.-

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    For Christ sake we have not got a choice. No matter how good or Bad? he is we actually do need bodies to throw in there. If Ranger gets crocked in the next game where do we go then? Just sign him and Ewerthon even if we only get one good game out of each of them it may just save our season. Its worth a gamble. Spend the interest on the £35m thats all we will be doing

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Anyone remember the contribution of Patrick Kluivert?

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  • partizanovec

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #17

    C’mon guys! If he’s to be signed, he wont get much playing time on the pitch, he will be backup, as now we do not have cover. Remembering Ronny Johnsen? He was signed at 35 on a free, but did some work when needed.

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  • G

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #18

    archaeomag @ 16. nail on the head mate.

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  • toonyoyo

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #19

    toon board and management are stupid not to have put a recall clause in xisco’s loan contract surely thats a basic error aliadiere is not a mercenary he is just not good enough may as well stick with lover and nil ranger until ben arfa returns then play him upfront

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  • Big Ross

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Wouldn’t mind Aliadiere. Obviously not a long term solution but we need all the help we can get in that department. The reason Leon Best’s goal was disallowed was because for the majority of the rest of the game he was constantly offside! The lino probably didn’t see it and thought, “oh it’s Best he must’ve been off.” If he could manage to stay onside he would obviously pose much more of a threat. I fear though that this just demonstrates a lack of knowledge of the game but I hope he proves me wrong and bangs a few more in.

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Not impressed by this lad one bit. Not at Arsenal, not at Boro or The Hammers!

    Cant believe we have to take him on, the Brazilian appears a much better option, not a brilliant one either, but better than the Frenchman.
    It comes to something if we miss out on the Brazilian!

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #22

    There a difference between debate and whinging a blog serves only one purpose and that it brings out a varied view, it does not matter what the persons view is, if you disagree put your points over if you just don’t like them ignore them, or should we have moderators to sensor posts, when I put a point on this blog, give my opinion, that’s all it is, and someone else’s might be better than mine, I do sometime change my opinion after reading an article on this blog, the one thing I will never change is my belief in free speech, personal insults & name calling has no place on any blog, no matter how outrageous a post might be, we all have the same addiction, and if we did not we might talk sense more of the time.

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  • Solaidback

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #23

    I know the Smoggies say Aliediere is crap but a player is only as good as the team around them & just because the rest of the Boro team are crap, that would make Aliediere crap too….

    So, like we did with Besty yeah, give the lad a chance & you never know, he may turn out to be yet another diamond that we can cultivate into a star 🙂 as I said, its the players around them that can create or destroy a career…. and the fact we have players like Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Colo etc able to give the service Aliediere may need to shine, he could end up surprising us all, just like Leon as now given his chance 😉 😉

    And if at the end of the season he’s done nowt, just get rid & find a better option.. lol 🙂

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #24

    why do you guys keep shouting on xisco name when before you guys always boo him…hahaha…what a funny!!

    and do you think if xisco in the club he can do striker job?

    think before you say….lets finds someone else..

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  • MykToonFan

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #25

    We should be doing everything we can to sign Ewerthon.

    Aliadiere would be fine to make up the numbers as long as we got Ewerthon as well.

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  • leedodd

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #26

    This fella is Not Even Fit for christ sake – If we get Anyone it Has to Be Ewerthon . This Guy May Be ok For the Championship – If Boro Turned Him down How The hell Can he Play in The Premier league ???

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  • G

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #27

    I’ve a smoggies fan sat less than 15 yards away from me at work, and I just asked his opinion of Aliadiare, the response was ‘lazy and overpaid’. I get the impression that he is lazy when I have seen him play too, so clearly am not alone.
    Dave1961. Excellent post mate.

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #28

    Solaidback // Feb 8, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    your comment is thump up, awesome…

    like i also believe, a good player will shine will perform under a good team around him…

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #29

    Solaidback

    So true, and remember one team wonders, who look like world beaters a one club they move then they look totally dross, if I remember right tony cote was one and there was a one at QPR but forgot his name at the moment, but I think he moved to west ham could not score, then back to QPR & started to bang them in again.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Boro didn’t turn him down, he was injured start of season, otherwise west ham would have had him again.
    I just think it wrong to dump on a player on past performance. Someone mentioned kluivert earlier, well he had great reputation, and he was pants for us, so previous form means sod all. Alliadiere deserves a chance like anyone else. We need to sign him AND ewerthon, not either or

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  • Solaidback

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #31

    G @ 26 – It wasn’t that long ago that Toon fans were lead to believe that Ranger was lazy too & thats why he wasn’t getting a game……. Some Cessepool fans have been saying this season that Torres was looking lazy in their games & thats why they were losing so many but we all know that Torres is a world class player… maybe Aliediere was looking lazy because he didn’t want to play for the Smoggies anymore & btw, they didn’t turn him down, he turned them down apparently, so it’s swings & roundabouts fella,….

    As I said, he may well be crap but he won’t be with us on a 5 year contract, it’s only for a few months & it’s not like we’ll break the bank to sign him either is it, same as Sol Campbell, minimum wage for a short period & you never know what he may turn out like playing with our great stars, plus he’ll have HBA to chat too as well… so he won’t be homesick either… lol lol 🙂

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #32

    some news on season tickets on nufc.com

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  • leedodd

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #33

    We Should Give Ryan Gazet Du Chattelier a Go Young German Lad Everything To Play For and Once Given a ChanceBy Harry Rednapp !!!!!

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  • G

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #34

    Solaidback, fair comments mate, I just gave my opinion, and in my opinion, I would prefer Aliadiare to be the last resort. I would take Ewerthon over him, even though I have my reservations there too. Regarding people questioning why Ranger wasn’t getting a start there though, you are clearly highlighting the difference between a real fan who attends matches, and a closet fan who looks at the statistic for work-rate on a football management game. In my opinion, Rangers work rate has never been a question, although the rumours of his lifestyle are something of a concern.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #35

    Is he on a free, leedodd?

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #36

    Gentle Reminder : Aliadere or any other free players like Ewerthon are only SHORT TERM Solution.

    I be happy if aliadere join us cause we are desperately in need of striker. Lovenkrands would be our first choice for now and Ranger as supersub, but an addition Aliadere on the bench should be any harm

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  • leedodd

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #37

    Maybe Even Fabian Brandy Ex Man United he is looking For a Job He would have everything to Proove . Ex England under 16/17 and 18 19 and 20 so he cant be that bad he would doa job for us He is 22 But Experienced would be ok on theBench !!!!

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  • leedodd

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Yes the 2 Lads I have put On Here The German Lad and Brandy are Both Free Transfer Players with Everything to Play For. Not a Big Bank balance to play for and it on there backsides.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #39

    Yeah I knew brandy was on a free. Still think we need 2 bodies in, so ewerthon if we can, and one of the 2 lads or alliadiere they are all worth a chance imo..

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  • Solaidback

    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #40

    G @ 34 – I understand it’s your opinion, as is mine fella, we’re all allowed to them & may not agree on them the same!!

    As for Ranger, I’m not a Football Manager game player, tried it many years ago but never kept it up, so I’ve no idea what the stats on there say about him, like wise I’m not a closet fan either, as I’ve attended loads of games but none recently since moving abroad, I normally get my information from fans like yourself who attend games regularly & I also read whats written on sites/blogs like these, written by fans for fans,…. I was only giving an opinion as to why he wasn’t being picked for games in comparison to what your Boro friend said about Aliediere, he was lazy…. Toon fans have in the past said that about Nolan on the day, it can be said about any player who’s not pulling his weight, thats my point, he may have looked lazy because he wasn’t interested in playing for the Boro, who know what I mean yeah!!!

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