Newcastle Tracking Iceland International Striker


It’s Sunday once again, so there is speculation in the papers about Newcastle going after players in this summer’s transfer market.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson – AZ Alkmaar striker

And one of the players Newcastle are linked with today, is Icelandic international striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

The Sunday Mirror is reporting that Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr, who scouted Cheick Tiote at FC Twente, has been looking at lots of Dutch talent over the last couple of months.

The news today is that Graham seems keen on 21-year-old 6’1″ striker Sigthorsson, who is having a very good season for AZ Alkmaar.

Sigthorsson plays in the style of big Andy Carroll, and therefore could be a decent buy for the Magpies.

The striker is good at hold-up play, and plays in the style of an old fashioned English center-forward, and also has good close control, which suits the style Newcastle currently play in.

And Sigthorsson did something in January that Alan Shearer did back in 199 for Newcastle, in Bobby Robson’s first home game as manager at St. James’ Park, and scored 5 goals in a single game.

Sigthorsson became only the second foreign player in Eredivisie’s long history to score five goals in a game, and he did that  in AZ’s 6-1 win over VVV-Venlo – obviously it was a good day at the office for the Icelandic International that day.

Sigthorsson joined AZ form Icelandic club Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs (HK) back in 2007, and has so far played 32 times for the Dutch club this season with 14 goals.

He made his debut for Iceland last year, and has so far played 5 times with 3 goals for his country, and from what we can tell looks  a decent player.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • john_cena163

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Looks a good player snap him up.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Get him in. He’ll go for 35 million in January.

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  • Klatoon

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    I think we have the dutch league extensively covered and this is good because the young players there get good technical training.

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  • Snubs

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #4

    take away his 5 goals he would have a ratio of 1 goal in 4 games in a dutch league? hmm.

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  • valle

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    And why on earth would you take away his 5 goals? He scored them didnt he?

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  • Snubs

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #6

    haha, he’s only young, time to improve i guess!

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  • ganiyu

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #7

    No bring xisco back and give ranger a chance.we need a first class striker

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    No thank you, just because he scored 5 goals in one game doesn’t mean he will do the same in the PL.

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  • gunnarnufc

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m Icelandic and I have been hoping for these news. He has everything to become very very good. Like Carroll he’s very good in the air, but he is faster and very technically skilled. Note that the goal ratio doesn’t say a lot because he only started like half of these games. Take that in to account and he has a very prolific goal record. I remember him when he was a kid. People in Iceland have been talking about him since he was 10 years old.

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  • Bao Zheng

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Gunnar – thanks. Boring-till-death – sooner the better.

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  • kenzie

    Mar 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Lets get rid of the R word worries by winning a few games and then the summer could be exciting for us.

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  • madman67

    Mar 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    youtube compilation of kolbien

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXcuJ-oAAis

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Mar 27, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #13

    ganiyu-you must be one of the only people who think he might be a good player instead he,s one of wises worst buys and his contract does not end until 2013

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  • lewman

    Mar 27, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #14

    definatly looks like he could hack the pl. i like how graham carr seems to be looking at physical players like this guy and cheick and not just players with good technique like luque and viana.

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  • branunited

    Mar 27, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #15

    is good player, worth following closely
    this season, to scored 11 goals in 27 games your club, other young , with high leveal and much goal is LUUK DE JONG, to scored 10 goals in 27 games your club twente, from wich cheik tiote, also, to scored, 2 goals in the champions league and 3 goals, in uefa europa league.

    these two players would be great signings, for our club, are GOOD, YOUNG, SCORED GOALS AND CHEAP.

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