One of the things we’ve always been impressed with on this blog, no it’s not particularly the articles, but the players the readers come up with, who could do a job for Newcastle United.
Nils Petersen – 6’2″ German striker – just 22 years old
And with compliments to reader jammydodger (what a name!), there is a young German striker who is making a name for himself right now, albeit in the 2nd Bundesliga, which is the second division of German football.
The lad is 22-year-old Nils Petersen, who stands 6’2″ tall and has already played for the German U19, U20 and U21 sides.
He plays for FC Energie Cottbus, which is a German football club based in Cottbus, Lusatia, and he joined them back in 2009, and has 25 goals in 46 total appearances for them.
He started his career at FC Carl Zeiss Jena, which is in the German third division, but he has come on this seaosn big time, and scored four goals for Energie Cottbus during their 5-0 win last Saturday, away to SC Paderborn 07 in the German second division.
Reports of the game say the player, who was born in Wernigerode, East Germany, showed both excellent positioning and finishing for his first two goals and then converted two penalties to complete the rout.
The right-footed striker resembles Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, in both his presence and style of play, and looks to be an accomplished front-man already, with his all-round ability.
Petersen shows a good work-rate and stamina and looks a good team player, and his height makes him a danger in the air for opposing defenders, and he has a powerful right-foot shot. Well that’s different to Andy, who of course is more left-footed.
He is a striker who has good positional sense, and seems to be able to be in the right place at the right time to poach the goals – something you cannot really teach a player.
Energie Cottbus are now in 6th place in the league, which is currently led by Hertha Berlin, and the striker has been in great goal scoring form this seaosn with 19 goals in just 24 appearances, and he would be a lot less than £35M in the transfer market.
In fact the asking price is said to be only around £2M for this player (Mike Ashley please take note), although as his goals tally rises this season, so could the fee and a number of Bundesliga clubs are already interested in the youngster.
Nils recently extended his contract at the German club until the summer of 2014, and it seems Blackburn are already watching the player, but we wonder if Graham Carr has watched the lad, or whether some of our other scouts have taken a look at him?
Pundits in Germany expect Petersen to make the step up from the German U21 side to the full German National side in th next couple of years.