It was a strange signing, when Newcastle brought in Shefki Kuqi last week.
Shefki Kuqi – Newcastle hero tonight?
The 34 year-old had just left Swansea last month through mutual agreement, and that means in short he wasn’t playing well.
But after signing him, Alan Pardew put some logic behind the choice, by saying he knew Kuqi quite well, he was already very fit, and he was a very strong character and an honest player who would give his all for Newcastle United.
The last thing we wanted was a player who just wasn’t fit, and would have taken several weeks to have been available, that seems to have been true for Frenchman Jeremie Aliadiere.
And Pardew followed that statement up by saying he has seen lower level players play way above themselves at higher levels, and of course with Newcastle’s legendary support, it’s enough to lift anybody’s game, playing in the famous black and white shirt.
When you are inspired enough, almost anything is possible.
Kuqi is honest enough to say he just cannot quite believe his luck, but he will do all he can to repay the faith shown in him by the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
A goal tonight perhaps, at St. Andrews – what a story that would be, especially if it was the winner.
This is what Shefki told Sky Sports:
“I’m probably one of the happiest footballers in the world,” “When I was released by Swansea, I didn’t know what was going to happen.”
“I hadn’t contemplated giving up playing. There were a few rumors.”
“My agent said there might be an opportunity to come to Newcastle, but it was hard to believe.”
“I’ll put my heart and soul into every game.”
It’s a long shot of course, but stranger things have happened, but Shefki may not get too many chances.
It seems that Shola Ameobi is likely to be fit enough for the next game at St. James’ Park against Bolton Wanderers a week on Saturday, and that’s excellent news.
It seems to us that tonight’s game is a great one for Shefki to come through big time for Newcastle, and we certainly hope he does just that. 😀
We’re right behind the man!