Newcastle Unlikely To Go After Top Brazilian Striker

News that Brazilian striker Adriano will be released by AS Roma.

Former Brazilian striker Adriano – in action last season

And the news is that both Spurs and Newcastle may be interested in the striker, who will now of course cost nothing in the transfer market, and indeed could be signed right now and play for the remainder of the Premier League season. That is – if he’s fit enough – which is doubtful.

But the first thing to realize is why have Roma released the player – who has only played 8 times for the first team this season, and the Italian club aren’t exactly setting Italy on fire this season, with manager Claudio Ranieri sacked only last week.

Roma are in 6th place in the league, a full 15 points behind leaders AC Milan.

Adriano (full name Adriano Leite Ribeiro) has just turned 29 this month, and has had a good career, but he is also probably way past his best.

Adriano has had a lot of personal problems recently which obviously has affected his form on the field, and he’s had to handle both depression and alcoholism (and illicit drugs too allegedly), so he’s been in a bit of a personal crisis of late.

Last summer the striker was interviewed by police in Brazil  in connection with alleged links to a drug-dealing gang, that had been accused of murdering police officers.

And indeed, earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro he refused the take a Breathalyzer test, when stopped by police, and therefore his license was automatically suspended for five days and he will also have to pay a fine of $574.

Adriano would be a huge risk for any club signing him, and if he is signed it will to a contract not more than two years, in case he’s a bust.

But Adriano reminds us too much of Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert, who was a big name signing as a free transfer for Newcastle back in 2004 from Barcelona,when he was 28 years old, but he was way past his best.

And he proved it in the one season he was at Newcastle, when Patrick played 25 times for Newcastle with just 6 goals on Tyneside. And Patrick has no personal problems when he was signed by Newcastle, he just seemed to have almost given up on his career, and he was once a world class player.

We have to believe that Newcastle will not go down that path again, and will think the Brazilian striker is just too much of a risk at Newcastle.

Adriano has played for Flamengo, Inter Milan, Fiorentina (loan), Parma, Sao Paulo (loan) and Roma and in 354 first class club games, he has scored 165 goals.

The Rio de Janeiro born striker, who stands 6’3″ tall, has played 48 times for Brazil with 27 goals.

What do you think?

Comments always welcome.

24 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #1

    avoid like the plague!

  • Brutooon

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    for free?

    why not?

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle United Star In Talks to Complete £12m AC Milan Move – The Newshound on March 1st, 2011 Alan Pardew may struggle to keep in form Jose Enrique from leaving St James’ Park for the San Siro.
    looks like he’s off then!

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Brutooon – has been a fine player but not now – but its his character that worries people, he could disrupt a happy ship and is a bad role model for young players.

  • Stuart

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Brutoon, for £4m a year in wages.

    I dont think its worth the risk, would much rather spend some money on Gervhino or something and bring in elmander on a free.

    At 29 with drink and drug problems he doesnt seem like the safest best.

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    No no no…this guy is in all the papers drinking and partying. this is not not not what we need!!

    on a lighter note check out the “Pavel Srnicek is a Geordie hall of fame” for class ex-toon players…entry #1 Pavel Srnicek!….check out the funny video song at the end too!!

  • Markaccus

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    i wouldn’t worry about signing or not signing him. A player must be a free agent BEFORE

  • Markaccus

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    i wouldn’t worry about signing or not signing him. A player must be a free agent BEFORE the window closed in january. unless the rules have changed this year, he is not eligable to sign for another club until summer

  • Markaccus

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    i don’t know why it suddenly posted that half way through typing it 😀

  • Stuart

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Doesnt mean we won’t go for him in the summer though markaccus.

    I hope not though.

  • NorseMag

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    He refuses to take a breathalizer, which, in my country, Norway, is the same as admitting you’re drunk. For that his license is suspendent for 5 DAYS.

    That one made me laugh.

  • Markaccus

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    yeah stuart we might end up with him in summer, it’s just that ed has stated he could play the rest of the season, and i don’t think it’s allowed. Like i say though the rules might have changed….i saw them on wiki so not exactly the most reliable sorce 😀

    Newcastle is a bad place to come for a party-footballer, too many distractions.

  • daneevz

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    true he has to be a free agent b4 the windows closes so we safe on that drugy joining this season i cant see us going for him in the summer so lets just put it to bed and put it down as a NO!

  • Stuart

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    I think you’re right like Markaccus, because I’m sure that was the case with Cisse aswell, even if he bought his contract out no clubs could sign him until the transfer window opens at the end of the season anyway.

  • daneevz

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #15

    i hear oscar wendt is on the list tho?? not really known of him any good?take it he a defender?

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #16

    In terms of transfers, Marca is reporting that Bojan is available from Barca…

  • Markaccus

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Oscar Wendt (born 24 October 1985 in Skövde) is a Swedish footballer who currently plays as a left back for Danish Superliga club F.C. Copenhagen and the Swedish national team.

    looks like a replacement for the departing el torro

  • Markaccus

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #18

    @spanishtoon, good call, but is Ashley willing to sign that type of player. Also, if we did go for him, how long before spurs put in thier inevitable bid for him?

  • DarloGeordie

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Fat and lazy no thanks would prefer Kuqi lol and that’s saying something

  • daneevz

    Mar 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #20

    i would love Bojan quality and young!!

  • pearceet

    Mar 1, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    No way we would get Bojan

  • max

    Mar 1, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #22

    why not?? give him trial..
    then if not suit with us, then release..

  • branunited

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #23


    alan smith
    wayne routledge


    mark noble.
    marc albrighton/jonhson on loan/milner on loan
    ola toivonen or gervinho
    bojan krkic/luuk de jong/ benzema on loan.

  • funguslover

    Mar 2, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Patrick Kluivert looked lazy when he played for us, but he actually scored 13 goals in 25 starts for Newcastle.

    I don’t know where you got your stats from, but Kluivert wasn’t as bad as you make out.

    I’d take Adriano on a free transfer if he scored 13 goals in 25 starts.


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