Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has completed the loan signing of Shefki Kuqi until the end of the season, but it seems he’s been brought in more as simply cover for the other Newcastle strikers.
Shefki Kuqi – emotional and honest player
And with the potentially excellent news today that Shola Ameobi could be back playing in three weeks or so, Shefki may not get too many games on Tyneside.
That’s even more likely to be true, since we expect 19 year-old striker Phil Airey to be knocking on the door when he’s fit again, as he’s looked impressive for the Newcastle Reserves this season, and the local lad has shown he can put the ball into the back of the net.
The 34-year-old Finnish striker had ended his contract with Swansea last month by mutual consent, and it seems a safety first move by Pardew to bring in some experience, just in case he is needed.
But Shefki, who does a kind of swallow dive when he scores, now joins Shola Ameobi, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and 19 year-old Nile Ranger as the Newcastle strike force through the end of the season.
And even if Andy Carroll hadn’t gone to pastures anew, it looks like the Gateshead-born striker will still be out for several weeks, and Newcastle would have been in much the same position for this season.
Of course there is some skepticism on Tyneside, as some have said Newcastle have now brought in an old 34 year-old to replace the iconic Andy Carroll, but that’s simply the very worst way to put it.
With Shola Ameobi back in three weeks or so, Newcastle have a strike force that should be able to score goals, and in any case we have a sneaking suspicion that if Shefki does get on at Newcastle, he’s such an emotional and honest player, the Newcastle crowd could lift his performance.
Remember a certain Antoine Sibierski – who was frowned on when he was brought in from Manchester City in the summer of 2006 by Glenn Roeder – but left as a folk hero, after scoring some important goals for Newcastle. Antoine just loved it at Newcastle, and the Frenchman was inspired to play very well for the club, and the fans loved him.
All Newcastle fans want to see from any player is an honest 100% committed performance, and from what we can tell Shefki gives that all the time, especially if he plays for Newcastle, the biggest and most famous club he will ever play for in his career.
But we know Newcastle fans will give the lad every encouragement to do his very best (and better?) for the club. 😀
Howay The Lads!!