Shefki Kuqi To Get Start At Birmingham?


There’s not much doubt if Newcastle had two in-form strikers up front at Blackburn on Saturday, Newcastle would have won the game.

Shefki Kuqi – to get start tomorrow night?

As in the second half against 10 man Arsenal last Saturday, Newcastle completely dominated the midfield, and it took only one single goal to get all 3 points, but our boys up front couldn’t take any of the chances on offer.

Blackburn looked a poor side, and had lost their previous 3 games before meeting Newcastle, and that’s how they played – very poorly.

And Alan Pardew  used all of his four fit strikers at Ewood Park, and gave new signing Shefki Kuqi his debut in the last few minutes of the game.

This is what Alan said today:

“If we’re going to win games like this, Shefki Kuqi will play some sort of a part because I think when he comes on, his experience will help. I have young strikers in Leon Best and Nile Ranger, and sometimes they make bad decisions because of their youthfulness.”

“Shefki won’t do that, and he’ll be in the right place and the right time late on to win a header in either their box or ours. I was pleased with him, and I’ve been pleased with the reaction of the players to him and his reaction to them.”

“He’s fitted in like he’s been here all year, but you’d expect that with him, being the kind of man he is.”

There’s no doubt that Alan Pardew has great respect for Shefki, and in the interviews we’ve seen of  the Finn, he’s come across very well.

He’s very down to earth, and knows he ‘ll only be at Newcastle through the end of the season, but seems determined to seize the chance.

We think he’ll be played by Alan quite a lot, and it wouldn’t even surprise us if he gets a start at Birmingham tomorrow night.

Because let’s face it – both Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best did not look threatening at all on Saturday.

That may not happen but if Lovenkrands and Best continue in the same vein on Tuesday night we may see both Ranger and Kuqi with their extra height and heading ability,  very early in that second half.

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Kuqi to start, is this what we have come to?

    F*** Ashley and Pardew, I keep banging the same drum but I don’t like either of them, AP is purely a front/puppet for Ash.

    This summer we will see what happens with our best players and the “35m”.

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  • Sinner

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully NOT!

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  • daneevz

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    it cant get worse can it!! r we scoring …. no give the finn a chance i say f**k it got f***k all to lose.

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  • tom tomb

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    He won’t start!

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  • daneevz

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Well it cant get worse can it ?? we aint scoring so give the finn a chance whats the difference if he plays first half or second? whats there to lose he might even get a goal and i hope he does!!

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  • Stuart

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Would be an improvement on Lovencrands, he just gets bullied off the ball too easily these days.

    Start with Kuqi and Ranger. Ranger will provide the pace, Kuqi will provide the big target man.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    On Saturday we could of used a bit more muscle up front if Kuqi had been given 20 minutes it may have made a difference.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    come on! you make it sound like we are at the foot of the table not 10th – there are 5 or 6 poor teams below us in the league, let them worry not us! We were the better team at Blackburn and should have won – and with some luck we would have – if we keep playing like this we will end in 8 or 9th position, an excellent result for our first season back and a good platform for next year! HWTL

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  • dawid182

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Best-Ranger frontside, Lovenkrands sucks

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  • Thump

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Best and ranger to start, Kuqi on for Best on the hour.

    Ranger seems to have found some form and here’s hoping he keeps it up. Flashes of potential and ability; he just needs that first goal.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Can’t see Shefki starting and if you read what Pardew says, it’s quite obvious he wont start.

    Best and Ranger will start and the worse performing of the two will be withdrawn at around the 60 minute mark for Shefki to come on.

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  • ramboreilly

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    ranger best of a very bad bunch.kuqi could not last 90mins even if he was deccent which he is not.goals will have to come from midfield.

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  • Thump

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Nothing like being optimistic, Rambo.

    Lover is too wasteful but I think he’s due a goal. He was bloody unlucky not to score against Blackburn.

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  • CapeToonian09

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Thump // Feb 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM (10)

    Fully agree,start Best & Ranger. Ranger shows such great potential everytime he comes on, more than any other striker that has been on the pitch since the start of the game & then bring on Kuqi for 30min. Now go tell AP

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  • JohnNUFC

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Make the best with what we have at the moment.

    Ranger needs to start the next game with best, give best 30 minutes to show he deserves to be out there and if he’s still ineffective get him off and get Kuqi on. We need someone to step up to the plate against brum and get a goal or two.

    Ranger and Kuqi might work well. Where I can see it work really well is if Kuqi i holding up play for Ranger

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  • jettson

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16

    if you were at game on sat (i was) you wud have seen that Best had no movement, he does not react quick enough, lovenkrands was far more effective of the two imo!!
    play best and lovenkrands again, but if best not upto it bring Kuqi on for at least 25mins, ranger also if lovenkrands not performing!
    we need a goalscorer, we’d have won on sat if we had a proper striker!!

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  • CapeToonian09

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Now go tell AP

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #18

    i dont care who start, as long as we are scoring goals!!!

    from the blackburn game, i dont mind putting COLLOCCINI as a Striker (his volley was strike-like)

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  • gorskino10

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #19

    If he jumps ahead of Ranger Pardew has lost the plot end of!

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #20

    I say give him a start, he’s gona shine for sure.

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