Can Heart And Soul Kuqi Become A Newcastle Hero?


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!

Comments welcome.



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25 comments so far

  • dawid182

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Hero? Haha. I dont think so….

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    I truly think he can become a Newcastle United Hero,Hes age doesnt bother me at the least ! I know hes got the goods in him. Im hopefully he Starts to tonight and Shows Best and McLoven what heart is !

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  • ToonBry

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s going to give the team HO’S??? Thats a plus

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 15, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    1 goal from him is enough to be our hero tonight. I don’t know what to expect tonight but 1 point is enough for me. This game will be fuxxing hard.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Eddy the Eagle was a hero – the question is, can he do a good honest job for us to earn a weekly wage probably double my yearly pension? I doubt it – certainly not over the rest of a season but perhaps (just perhaps) he could score a goal please. HWTL

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    I love how everyone is so nice on this blog,Im really am.

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  • scottsellars...unsunghero

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    why cant he be a hero/cult figure??? pity not more player were so happy to play for us andy carroll spings to mind

    i hope he can score a few goals run his all be it large frame and behind off ala Sibieski /kevin gallacher type player

    score 2 tonight Kuqi and get us a win that cult figure staus will be found , cant uderstand some people on this blog calling someone who is obviously delighted just to be at our great club

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Well said Scottsellars :D.

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  • Stuart

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Because some people on this site are determined to pick fault with every aspect of the club, and are only happy when they’re miserable lol.

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  • Sav

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    ‘Honest’ player…. ‘Honest’ team……

    Its a euphemism in this context for basically,’ crap’.

    When all else fails and there’s really nothing positive to say, you say he’s ‘ honest’.

    And ‘anything is possible?’ That means we are hoping the other team commits some major cock-up because to be ‘honest’ we haven’t a clue where else the goals are going to come from.

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  • Stuart

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Jesus Sav, lighten up.

    You dont know where the goals are coming from. Wey apart from our strikers (who, you’re right, arent the most prolific) we have Nolan, whos on what 10 goals this season?

    Barton who usually manages to pop up with a goal aswell. Collo has a big head and a good touch so is a major threat in corners.

    Cheer up and get behind the team man. You never know you might enjoy it.

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  • Sav

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    I suppose then you could describe Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley as ‘honest’?
    …or crap.

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  • Sav

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Thanks, Stuart. Sorry about that lapse. My medication wore off for a bit there but I’ve taken another couple of pink ones and I’m back with my cheery Geordie head on again. HTL!zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Well said Stuart.

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  • adi-bizzle

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #15

    we all need to stop with the negativety and get behind the team else we are just as bad as the owners. true fans stick by the team no matter what crap happens and i for one will carry on supporting newcastle no matter what. i wont like some decisions but newcastle is my team and in my blood and until we dont exist anymore, i will give my support to any player that wants to play for NUFC. give kuqi a chance. if any of you could do any better, why not offer your services to newcastle else pipe down and let the real footballers get on and do their job while we support them and encourage them

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  • toonhamu

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16

    I think we can do a lot worse than an honest, hardworking group of lads who want to play for us

    In our relegation season we had arguably a more talented squad, but without an honesty and desire to our play, we sank without trace

    Kuqi isn’t a world beater, but if you throw the ball into the box he’ll try his best to get his forehead on it – hopefully Enrique can continue whipping those deliveries in when/if Kuqi gets on

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  • andre29

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Birmingham City vs. Newcastle United veetle and flash stream on http://stjamesstream.blogspot.com/

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  • lesh

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Tut tut Ciaran @6, don’t be sarcastic!

    But then again, the comments posted by some don’t indicate the niceness you’ve referred to but beneath it all, there are hearts of gold.

    You’ll have gleaned that some of our posters appear hard to please and Kuqi, for example is as yet unseen in black and white for much more than a few minutes, yet he’s being written off already.
    Just what do these guys want?

    Despite the circumstances that brought about the need for an emergency signing from the pool of available and unattached, Pardew’s logic in choosing Kuqi is faultless – he’s a nice guy who won’t make waves in the dressing room, experienced, big, strong and fit.

    For goodness sake, give Kuqi a break and let’s wait and see what he can bring to the party eh?

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  • Mo Drysdale

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Attack is the best form of defence.

    ————————–Harper———————–

    ———–Campbell—-Willo——Collo————

    Simo——-Barton——Tiote——Nolan——José

    ——————Jonas———–Ranger————-

    Bench: Krul, Perch, Loven, Kuchi, Fergie, Best

    1. 3 Big lads to cover the ariel threat of the Brum Freak.

    2. Simo and Jos’e working as wingbacks and covering back when necessary, Jose will put Bentley in his back pocket, and get forward at every oportunity.

    3. Jonas with free role and can go to either wing when required to create threats all over the place.

    4. Steel in the centre with Barton, Tiote & Nolan. B & N supporting Ranger when neccesary.

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Tut tut Lesh.

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  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Should be a tight 1-0 win to the toon tonight, ranger to score…

    Line Up:

    Harper
    Simpson, Collo, Willo, Jose
    Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Jonas
    Ranger, Lovenkrands

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  • ColocciniLookAlike

    Feb 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Shefki Kuqi, the next Sibierski?

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  • scottsellars...unsunghero

    Feb 15, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #23

    coloccinilookalike — yeah why not?

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  • chuck

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Sibierski could play !
    This guy could`nt play five years ago, c`mon.
    What are these people thinking, for ch**st sake ?

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Hey the lad can’t lose, because noone expects him to pull up tress, so if he scores the odd goal here and there he’ll be a favourite I’m sure.
    Over to you Shefki …..

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