Young German Striker Nils Petersen Could Be Newcastle Target

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.

Comments welcome.

76 comments so far

  • Thump

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d take him, he’s a good player for his age.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #2

    He looks very promising. At just 2M he’s worth at least a loan with the option to a permanent transfer.

  • ToonAndy

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #3

    What about this fella… He’s 24 and 2nd top scorer in Italy series A … Looks to be hitting good form and can’t see him costing too much…

  • chuck

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah, yeah, grab him get him now quick !
    A couple of days from now who will remember he was even mentioned ?

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Get him in. I rate him very highly and I’m very willing to be his translator. But just having this in print has probably put 500 thousand on his price.

  • gorskino10

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Good player his record this year is crazy nearly a goal every game, although this is in Bundesliga 2.

    Not sure if we could beat other German teams who want him like Werder and Wolfs, but would be a good buy depending if its below 2 Million or so.

  • gorskino10

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #7


    Napoli paid like 11 Million EUROS for Cavani and thats before he started scoring regularlly, his price has tripled atleast and other teams would beat us like Inter/AC Milan and thats just the teams in Italy who want Cavani, he is WAY WAY too expensive for us.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #8

    gorskino10, Werder and Wolfsburg are very close to relegation and most players would love the chance to play in EPL, but if he’s in our radar then he’s in others to.

  • marcos_nufc_rj

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #9

    we have got at least 3 centre forward as Ranger plays like a winger. Lovenkrands, Best and Shola play more centrally, they finalise the play or the crossing. in this case Newcastle United will need another left winger as Enrique will leave by the end of the season. Sami Ameobi and Phil Airey have been doing a very good job at Newcastle United Academy. I am from rio de janeiro in brazil and here the clubs usually choose young players to play in their matches. you can see Neymar and Ganso, who play for Santos. Newcastle United should do the same. If Newcastle United want a squad player that is OK and Petersen seems to be a very good squad player as he knows to put the ball in the back of the net and that is what we ( Newcastle United fans ) expect from a Newcastle United striker or centre forward.

  • Carl92

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Cavani would cost the best part of 30 million he is being watched by all the top clubs. I would like to see his strike partner lavezzi at newcastle but even he would cost around 15 million.

  • dougski

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #11


    The Napoli chairman had already said that he would only sell for an offer of about50-60 million as he is the hottest striker in football really scoring against nearly every top teams and a hat trick against juventus

  • henock1989

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #12 Edinson Cavani costs at least 30 mill, he have a 4 and a half year left on his contrat and napoli is a really really really good club. they are no tow in the leauge the whole year..
    i wouldnt buy strikers form spain or holland…their are not fit enough,,,,
    smith 1 mill
    xisco 2 mill
    campbell free
    jonas 8 mill
    rooutledge 2.5
    enrique 12
    radu (lazio) 5 mill
    Cristian Ansaldi (rubin kazan) 10 mill
    michael carrick (man u) 7 mill
    eden hazard (lille) 15 mill
    oscar cardozo (benfica) 10 mill
    that is 47 mill total
    with 20 mill in come

    s.tylour……..radu…………colo …… Ansaldi.

    HBF…………tiote……….. carrick…..hzard….

    ………………oscar cardozo ….best …………….

    barton, nolan, ranger, shane, krul and haris on bench

  • dougski

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Sorry iPhone playing up but yeah we have no chance of him as Napoli are actuay running at a profit and don’t need to sell as they are quite well off so look else where than him! And on the germanad sounds ridiculous that 4 months before window opens we are goin to make up names of people we maybe after far too much time on your hands Ed even pardew said noone will even be signed at the start of window so we are 5 months from signing anyone so get a grip man!

  • ToonAndy

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Ok… My bad about Cavani lol!

    @HENCOCK 1989 – I wouldn’t sign Carrick for 4 million nevermind 7… I also believe Barton is a much better midfielder than Carrick so wouldn’t have him sitting on the bench…

    Can’t understand why everyone underestimates Bartons presence on the pitch… He is absolutely unplayable!… And when he doesn’t play – we lose.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #15

    henock1989, sell Enrique (ok expecting him to go anyway) and Jonas. Jonas? Bye bye Colo.

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #16

    We could try to sign Andre, of Dynamo Kiev, loaned to Bordeaux.Good shot, good pass and young.

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Carrick was a good player at Tottenham, but when he went to Man.Utd became a bad player.Against Liverpool he showed his current quality.

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #18

    In my opinion, we should sign Petersen, young, could be a good player, maybe, he can solve our attack problems.

  • ochytoon

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Sebastian Ribas

    Ligue 2 has 15 goals in 24 starts and is only 23. Italian/Uruguayan nationality. I believe he was at Inter’s youth academy

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #20

    First time post and an entire article in response
    Cheers ed


    Mar 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #21

    It makes really laugh to see you come up with a player whom no-one on here has ever heard of and as if by magic everyone says he,s a good player and we should go get him toute de suite!

    I,ve never heard of him before and i live across here in Europe but if all the posters on here are right then okay! At 22 years old he may fit the bill! Lets go and get him! The only possible person who would be qualified to comment is Geordie German who appears to know who it is!

    If he was,nt heard about by other clubs then he is now thats for sure!
    This is all very fine and good but does,nt have a real bearing on decisions that are made at the club as far as regards tranfers / scouting etc! Love to know where you get the info to publish this thread Ed?

    Like i,ve mentioned before we are being linked with so many players at the mo who is to say who we,ll sign! Hopefully not Carlton Cole! and hopefully not Michael Owen!!

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 7, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Henock1989 – You snigger at Cavani. Hazard has also just pledged his future to Lille, signing a new contract, nevertheless if he hadn’t, he us also hot property too, £15m? To us? Pah. Oscar Cardozo would cost a minimum of £15m too.

    Just looking at some of the brilliant Wenger signings, for encouragement:

    V.Persie -£3.5m!!!! :O
    Clichy – compensation – £250k!!!! :O
    Fabregas – compensation – £500k!!!! :O

    I hope this new approach, putting more emphasis on scouting, bears similar fruit. Then you need technically brilliant coaches to nurture them.

  • Keano9

    Mar 7, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #23

    I Take him over Whickham he was over rated and expensive but if we get both bargin!!

  • Howay The Lads

    Mar 7, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s great, isn’t it, Expat?!

    I’ll throw Rozzazinho into the mix and wait to see the praise he gets 😆

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 7, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Fantasy football works both ways, so try the following (heartfelt) pitch to whoever listens….

    “Son, given all the teams in Europe that actually try to win stuff and have half decent managers and responsible owners we know you really (in your heart of hearts) want to play for the Toon.”

    I bet even ‘Carton’ Cole has nightmares about the prospect of being shunted north, as much as I have nightmares about him donning the vacant no9 shirt. And as for Micky Owing, a shell of a player who rightfully inherited Bobby Thompson’s ‘Little Waster’ mantle, don’t get me started.

    Meanwhile let’s look forward to a day before 2020 when we might reach the last 32 of the Europa League – before being dumped out by Dynamo Limerick on penalties. Such success would be so sweet. Just like when we all wept floods of tears when the mighty Toon picked the Inter-Toto cup in 2006. I still wear my T-Shirt with pride.


    Mar 7, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Howay the lads!

    We are talking about signing Calvani for around the 30 Mil mark !
    Am i missing summit here or have we the same budget as a ManUre or Chelski or maybe even Manchester Shitty!

    I don,t wish to even comment about who we may be linked with in the summer!

    Spotlight kid! In the year 2020 i,ll be 70 and probably pushing a zimmer frame anyway!! So around the time, who cares! I live in hope that we will win something major by then!

  • Snubs

    Mar 7, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Looks like a bright prospect. Post 12 – Carrick?! When we have Tiote? not a chance. That’s like playing Man City style and that’s so boring!! Barton would fit the role. Also, HBA, i think should either play on the left (spent half his marseille time there) or behind strikers.

  • rc.souvik

    Mar 7, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #28

    i think tiote can even play the role of an attacking midfielder with carrick sitiin infrnt of the back 4

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 7, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Tiote is the best DM I’ve seen, since Makalele, but only if he sits and protects, and is efficient with his distribution. Pardew asking him to be more involved in attacks, is a mistake I feel. It was evident on Saturday. We were been countered, however because Tiote was pushing on under instruction, the defence was exposed. Countless times he was sprinting back, but was always lagging. He can’t do everything, play him in the role that got him adulation, sitting deep, disrupting play, monster tackling, the odd surge, simple passing.

  • Snubs

    Mar 7, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Yeah, very evident coolcarter – we just can’t get enough of Tiote 😀 To be fair, his FK’s and corners are accurate though.

  • SwedEric

    Mar 7, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Putting Tiote as an attacking midfielder? When we have maybe the leagues best deffensive player, you should not move him! Then Buy a offensive player from the start insted of carrick!

    People go on here about Hazard and Cavani. Sure, I understand they don´t know much about football, atleast not outside of england, but that´s just fantasy! If Hazard leaves, if would be to the likes of man utd, chelsea, barcelona or Madrid! Cavani the same. Garante Cavani would cost more than we got for Carroll also! Probly around Torres money!

    Both awasome players, probly future top 5 players, but both will play CL next year, even if they don´t move!

    On topic. Saw a game with Petersen around 1 mounth ago. Scored 1 goal, but I wasn´t that impressed in that game with him. His stats are great, but secund devision in Germany isn´t PL. If he has what it takes, I bealive in Carr to be in for him!

  • dawid182

    Mar 7, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #32

    i dont know…the Serie A signings is failed in England…enough to say Shevchenko, Crespo,Mutu etc…Pedersen, however would be good.

  • Snubs

    Mar 7, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Around Torres money? He plays for Napoli. Serie A teams don’t half demand as much as English teams, he would go for around 12-15M. Hazard is young and will consider his options, whoever talks to him, he will consider. Hazard and Gervinho will cost about 20M. Doubt we’ll go for them though.

  • dawid182

    Mar 7, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Hazard? haha thats funny! He alone is worth 20 million, the big teams in the summer swoop he.

  • dawid182

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh and also I want to say that we should Doumbia, not Gervinho

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Have heard that Ferguson is banging on Pardew’s door asking to be played ahead of Enrique. Must say he isn’t at a loss for confidence.

  • CheickTiote

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Bought Hazard on my manager game, rubbish! Will buy Nills and I’ll give you my verdict if we should buy him or not 😉

  • SwedEric

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #38

    Even if it´s Italy or not. He is one of the best strikers in the world this year, and Napoli is playing great, and has a healthy economy.

    Since all the big clubs around europe would be after him, he will be realy expensive! We will se when he leaves, but he will cost lods! 12-15 million? Thats bs, ferguson, mourinho, Guardiola, leonardo and the likes would walk there and give them the money if that was the case!

    And do italian clubs don´t get big money for there players? Zlatan went to Barca for 70M pound, Sheva went for around 35M. Pastore is about to leave for around 35M, Kaka kost around 70M, Zidane was the most expensive player ever when he left Juventus… They also know how to get money for there big players, and Cavani is atleast top 3 biggest player this year in Italy!

  • SwedEric

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #39

    Would love if Ferguson came trough! Looks like he has a big future ahed of him! And good left backs don´t come along very often, so that would be great if he could step up!

  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #40

    He looks very decent and surely wouldn’t cost too much?


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