With Shola Ameobi now fit to play with his protective face mask, new signing Shefki Kuqi is behind Shola, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Nile young Ranger in the Newcastle striker list at the moment.
Shefki Kuqi – ready to play at Blackburn earlier this year
Nile Ranger currently has a shin injury and we’re not sure if that will prevent his participation in the game on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium, but we hope not.
So it will be very few games the 34 year-old Finnish International will be playing for the first team through the end of the season, although he’s already made three brief appearances for the side, which are now part of his 515 first class appearances with 147 goals in his career.
And the 6’2″ Shefki had a game with the Newcastle Reserve side in their 2-1 win over Arsenal Reserves last week.
But Shefki is just delighted to be a part of the Newcastle squad through the end of the season, and that comes through loud and clear in a recent interview he gave:
“When I got the chance to come here I jumped at the chance,” “It was a dream for me.” “So I am happy to do any job that is needed for the team.” “I can bring plenty of experience to the team.”
“Alan Pardew gave me a massive chance late in my career at Newcastle, so I am looking to repay him in every minute I get on the pitch.” “It’s great to know when somebody believes in your ability.”
“The Premier League is where any player wants to play,” “There are a great set of lads here and we’re trying to finish as high up the table as we can.”
“With nine games left we could still gain a respectable position and that’s all we are focused on doing.”
Of course Shefki was brought in to bolster the striking options that Alan Pardew would have through the end of the season, after Andy Carroll surprisingly left his home town club for pastures anew on January 31st, after supposedly living his dream on Tyneside.
But with Shola coming back so early from his broken cheek-bone suffered at Fulham in a game in early February, Shefki may not be needed too much – but that’s good news for Newcastle – if not for Shefki.
One thing we’re sure Shefki would love to do before the end of the season is to score a goal for the Magpies, preferably at St. James’ Park, and that may still be possible.
Shefki is an honest and hard working footballer, and it’s good to have him at the Newcastle club through the end of the season – and we really hopes he gets that goal. 😀