Alan Pardew has elected to bring in a new free agent striker for the rest of the season, but Alan’s choice is a surprise one.
Shefki Kuqi – can do a job at Newcastle
The 34-year-old Finland international striker, was released by Swansea last month, and has said he is proud and honored to be joining such a famous club as Newcastle.
And we just heard him speaking on Sky Sports and he said he had already played with Blackburn and Fulham, but not at the level of Newcastle. We’re sure he didn’t mean that as negative to Blackburn and Fulham, but it was interesting nevertheless.
Pardew has brought in the 34 year-old as cover for Newcastle’s currently fit strikers Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger.
Shola Ameobi had his depressed cheekbone operated on yesterday, and it would be great to see Shola back just as soon as possible.
Alan said today:
“What Shefki can bring is experience and a presence because with Shola Ameobi being injured, we lack a little bit of presence.”
“He is a guy who is a real gentleman and character, and anyone who has worked with him would know that.”
“I thought that was important as well, that we didn’t bring in somebody who might not be able to handle the group we have got.”
“We have got a group who are honest and in your face, and if you are not right, then you will be told, not just by the staff, but by the players, so you need to be the right person.”
“He gives me options from the bench, and that will be his role.”
Shefki also has some presence with his physical type of play, and at 6’2″ fits into the mold of most strikers on Tyneside.
But what Alan has said suggests he will only be used when absolutely necessary, but he;ll get his chance and with him being an emotional type of player who gives 100%, and who knows what he will do in front of 52,000 mad screaming Geordies.
That’s a very good question.