Newcastle Have Four Fit Strikers For Blackburn Game


Newcastle United have had a much needed boost with their strikers, as news that Leon Best is ready to lead the line against Blackburn on Saturday afternoon, in a game that is being televised live around the world.

Leon Best – fit for Blackburn game

Newcastle have lost both big local strikers in  Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi in the last 9 days, with Gateshead-born Andy Carroll opting to join Liverpool on the very last day of the transfer window, and Shola badly fracturing his cheekbone two days later, which was successfully operated on yesterday.

While it had first been estimated that Shola could be out for two months, the Newcastle Journal was yesterday reporting that the club medics were hoping it would be a lot less than that.

And news from Sky Sports today that experienced 34 year-old 6’2″ Finnish striker is expected to finalize a loan deal to Newcastle through the end of the season, and the announcement of that is expected later this morning.

Best was forced to withdraw from the Ireland squad who defeated Wales 3-0 this week, after picking up a hamstring strain very late in the game last Saturday,  in which Newcastle’s never-say-die players came back from 4-0 down with just 23 minutes remaining against Arsenal, to snatch an incredible 4-4 draw.

It seems that Newcastle will now have four fit strikers available for the game at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, which is followed by another tough game at Birmingham City next Tuesday night.

Alan Pardew will choose from Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, 19 year-old Nile Ranger and new loan signing Shefki Kuqi, and we would hope that Shola could return within about four weeks, although verification of that is still to come from the club.

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12 comments so far

  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    We haven’t signed Kuqi on loan, we’ve signed him as a free agent on a short-term contract!

    You can’t loan something or someone if it/they don’t have an owner!

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  • veto

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    whats the deal with phil airey ? he’s our next big geordie hope aint he , whens he due back ?

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Optamism:- 2-1 to the toon, barton first, probably that git pederson for them, and (wait for it) KUQI to come on last fifteen mins and nick it for us!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    How embarrassing he wouldn’t get a game for Heaton Stannington in the Alliance league god we have sunk low

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  • lesh

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Wow! What a formidable force, enough to make Blackburn wonder whether it’s worth turning out.

    And this, well, it’s restored my faith in mankind and brought a tear to my eye!

    http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/football/shock-tyne/article-3206484-detail/article.html

    Just hope Kuqi’s play’s as good as his musings.

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    For Gods sake give the bloke a chance. The doom and gloom merchants on this blog are becoming an embarrassment. Are you all Welsh or something. ?Remember the high profile big names that used to do it for us. Owen Viduka Martins Duff etc. Eh?

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  • toonyoyo

    Feb 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    agree with spitfire i was totally against this yesterday but it would seem to be done and dusted on wards and upwards as they say the advantage of signing a low profile player is low expectations he could be a diamond in the very rough by the look of his pictures but how many big name signings have done bugger all for us apparently he is a grafter if nowt else and us geordie faithful love a grafter on the field

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  • ramboreilly

    Feb 10, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    listen, kuqi has never ever been a good player,always been slow and overweight,now hes 34 do you think he will be any better.he may give 100% but whats that,the guy is a pub league player.if he plays he will be keeping someone younger and better out of the team.tell you what lets sign mick quinn he might still have it,a bit slimer too.

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  • bobby jay

    Feb 10, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    could be the next sibierski …. who knows

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  • singamagpie

    Feb 10, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Look, he’s below Best, Ranger and Loverkrands. He’s just backup if one of them gets injured. And when Shola’s back within 3 weeks, Kuqi won’t even be on the bench. Sign him now just to make sure he get some training to keep his fitness up whenever he’s called upon.

    Some ppl are acting as if he’s the new no.9 or something, seriously.

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  • max

    Feb 10, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #11

    agree with singamagpie

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  • nicolnj

    Feb 11, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #12

    lol this cracked me up from a swansea fan

    Just when you thought there were no surprises left in football. It seems we had a premier league striker under our noses all the time!
    Swivaldo, Swansea

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