Shefki Kuqi Shows Nile Ranger How It’s Done


We’ve heard many positive things about 34 year-old Shefki Kuqi since he arrived on Tyneside.

Shefki Kuqi – had made positive impact at Newcastle

And the interviews he has given on Tyneside, show he is just delighted to be at a club as big as Newcastle, the biggest club he has ever played for.

Although he may not get too many games through the end of the season, before his short term contract runs out.

But it seems that Shefki is having a positive effect on the lads in the squad, as he is said to be a consummate professional who trains like his life depended on it.

We always welcome guys like this to Newcastle, solid characters who work their socks off for Newcastle, and have an excellent attitude.

And in these few months that Shefki is at Newcastle, he  could have positive impacts one some of those who may not have the same dedication and attitude.

And of course Nike Ranger immediately springs to mind, and Nile could do a lot worse than copy Shefki’s attitude in training and preparation for games.

When the Finnish International played for the Newcastle reserve side last week, in the 2-1 win over Arsenal, he certainly impressed Reserve team manager Peter Beardsley.

This is what Peter said about Shefki:

“Shefki is different class and I can’t speak highly enough of him.”

“I have met a lot of nice people in football. For me Shefki is in my top 10.”  “I mean that genuinely, I have no reason to say it.”

“If you see him around the training ground, I think the gaffer did very well to get him on because of what he has brought to Newcastle.”

It’s always good to have top professionals in the Newcastle squad, because all the good up and coming youngsters at the club can have good role models to copy.

Sol Campbell is another example of somebody who is a top top professional in many ways, and will be having a positive impact on the youngsters.

It’s good to have Shefki at the club, and the only question now is whether he’ll get a goal for Newcastle before the end of the season.

We hope he gets the chance, at least.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • Chris F

    Mar 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    No doubt someone will be along to say how he isn’t good enough soon.

    Thing with Kuqi is, he’s been signed basically as cover because we were light on numbers. He’s not there to realistically fight for a long term contract, or a first team place. He’s there as a backup plan for a worst case scenario (ie more injuries)

    So in that regard, it’s good to hear positive things about the guy, he’s fitted in well it seems and knows his role.

    Don’t understand some peoples persistent slagging of the guy when he’s done nowt wrong.

    It’s not as if he’s been signed to replace Carroll, he’s been signed to provide backup.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    he really sounds a nice bloke,has got great character, sounds very positive, helps everybody, however he wasnt brought here to be a contender for the nobel peace prize, ! CAN HE SCORE A GOAL? thats all im interested in. has anyone of you chaps been to stoke before? going to my first ever visit to the britannia, and all i know is from the station its about 2 miles to the ground. anyone know the crack at stoke? have heard there are no watering holes beside the ground , anyone been? tips most welcome , thanks chaps

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  • shearermania

    Mar 17, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    no dont give him the chance – yes hes a nice guy apparently…shola is a a nice guy too – but both equally tecnical impotent when it comes to playing football.
    kuqi couldnt hack it in the fizzy pop league and was suppose to be signing with Barrow i repeat Barrow….
    the man is a dinasaur……he should be given a tutoring role to the youngsters instead…..
    his days are over…..taxi

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 17, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    All well and good but these role models, nice guys and excellent trainers aren’t usually the best (with some exceptions like Shearer and Beckham).
    It’s the Bellamys, Dyers, Bartons and (dare I say it) Rangers etc. who tend to bring something more to the table.
    Sad but fact of life.

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  • geoff777

    Mar 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    @chrisf quite right.

    I hope he gets a goal … or two, sounds like he deserves it.

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 17, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Shearermania (3) – “His days are over”.
    Correct me if I’m wrong but did he ever have any?

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  • shearermania

    Mar 17, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    wynsleep..
    yoou are right about that one – wait a minute…
    so thats why we signed him – ashley is a genius : nobody knew about him – a free,,….
    walking in an asley wonderl………nightmare

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  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Give Him a Chance to Start Up Front If He scores He will be a God !!!!!! Then Give Him a Coaching Role for Next Season. Kick Ranger up the Behind !!! Its Not His Fault That Carroll Left and we are in The Mire !!!!!!!!!! He is Not a Mercinary so Lay of Him. If I was His Age again and Got the chance I would Grab it. What Do You Plonkers expect from Him ?? Oh I am to old I am Not Good Enough I Wont try I will Lie down and Die and do my worst – Sodd Off You Plonkers !!!!!!!!!!! The Moaners on Here are the Ones that Come on at Half Time on a Competition on real Radio – Baldy with a Beer Gut !!!!! Grey Trackie Bottoms and Miss The Goal So I Rest My Case. Shefki Will Get a Goal .

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Mar 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Am I the only one in thinking Kuqi was brought in to bring some maturity to the squad? I mean, after Carroll left there was all this unrest, so bringing in the experience of Shefki who knows what it’s like, been there before, surely must have helped. Also, I feel he is there to help youngsters such as Nile Ranger develop, and grow up in a way.

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  • BeeGuy

    Mar 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #10

    NIle Ranger. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. He will drink eventually, you just hope it will be before it is too late. The kid has a Kentucky Derby winner potential, perhaps he just does not see how to realize that yet. No matter what he is told, it is he who must understand and act.

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  • steve1980

    Mar 17, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #11

    More utter teeth grinding embarrassment. Kuqi was barely good enough to play for Blackburn 6 years ago, and had his contract cancelled by a 2nd division side. I know he’s emergency back up, but thats the whole point.

    We have a local sports media who might as well be on the Ashley pay roll and write for the NUFC website for all the actual reporting they do. Just non stories about what an “impact” Kuqi is making.

    What “impact”? I’m sick of these rubbish non stories about what a great bunch of lads we’ve got, what a smashing fella mad Ireland is etc. Here’s the facts – the clubs dealings in the January transfer window were an utter disgrace, every team in the league seemingly strengthened but us, we weakened, and weakened in farcical circumstances.

    Pardew and his rubbish about how Ameobi and Best’s form had diswaided him from buying another striker, what tosh. More like fat Mike wouldn’t part with any cash. Look at the Larsson situation, looked nailed on but then falls through. Why? Money. You pay peanuts, you get monkeys, in the main.

    We needed a pacey midfielder, another winger and a striker – 3 players. Not much to ask, look at West Ham, they invested, and will probably save their season. We could’ve had Kranjcar, Larsson and Elmander, the former two for not serious amounts of cash given they’re out of contract at the end of the season, and maybe 5-6m for Kranjcar, brilliant business, all of them class footballers, particularly NK.

    And we end up with crazy crocked Stephen “dead granny” Ireland and Shefki Kuqi. Oh and sell a player destined to become an England legend and a real “Kop” fav. Sickening. We are a joke. Call it pessimism if you will, but its with a heavy heart i say it. But the truth is the truth.

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  • Davies

    Mar 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Good point Steve1980 – You might as well just kill yourself now.

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 17, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Lee Dodd – (8) – are you for real?
    “If I was his age again and got the chance I’d grab it”?
    Perhaps you are also in favour of buying back Ian Rush and John Barnes too?
    Some supporters really get what they deserve at this club.

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 17, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    …. or should I say deserve what they get?

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  • will

    Mar 17, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Just don’t come to this site and moan you negative and impolite boys. if Nufc is an embarassment to you then please, stay as far away from anything associated with the club.

    you guys are just a disgrace

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 17, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Will – some of us have been swallowing the same old rubbish for many, many years.
    It’s just that age makes you more cynical – it doesn’t mean that we love the club any less.
    We all want the club to do well – it’s in our blood and devours your waking hours, but it doesn’t mean we have to sit back and happily accept third rate players, third rate management and fifth rate owners.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 17, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Well Said Will !!!!!!!! Wynsleap Stop Wingin We have to Make the best We have at the Prescent time. All the Wingers on Here I Think are Part Time Sunderland Supporters from just the Other side of the Angel of The North ???

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  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 17, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Wynsleap would you rather we got Nzogbia then the last day of the season and got Mr Aragent Mercinary back ?? We got a lad who will try and try . If you got the chance to play for Newcastle Would you Grab it Buy The Horns or Just Winge ?? He is crap or get behind him ???? You Plonker !!!

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  • AndyMac

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Chris F said:

    “No doubt someone will be along to say how he isn’t good enough soon”

    and

    Lee Dodd said:

    “Well Said Will !!!!!!!! Wynsleap Stop Wingin We have to Make the best We have at the Prescent time. All the Wingers on Here I Think are Part Time Sunderland Supporters from just the Other side of the Angel of The North ???”

    You sad Fux 🙁

    Kuqi is not good enough to play in the BPL but we’re so badly run, as a club, that we have so few options available to us.

    Bottom line is we’re a laughing stock for taking in a Swansea reject when there were other, better, options who unfortunately would have cost more money.

    So to Lee Dodd I would say : Dont ever accuse fans, who know what the current board is all about, as being Makems !!!!!!!

    Alternatively wait until you’re grown up and ask your Mum about the meaning of words such as “Gullible”, “Naive” and “Dick Head”

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