Craig Bellamy Too Old For Newcastle

There’s a rumor circulating today that Newcastle may want to buy Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy in the summer.

Craig Bellamy – wanted by Newcastle in the summer?

Craig is on loan this season at his home town club Cardiff City, but is very likely to be unloaded in the summer, as the Eastlands club try to reduce their enormous wage bill, before the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules are introduced this summer.

It’s a rumor, and probably a made-up rumor, but why on earth would Newcastle want to spend £7M (estimate) on a player who turns 32 in July, and was hard to handle,  even by Bobby Robson, when he was at Newcastle.

As far as we can tell, his behavior both on and off the field, has hardly improved much since Graeme Souness couldn’t stand his antics any more,  and moved him out on loan in January of 2005 to Celtic, a short four months after Souness took over the Tyneside club.

Alan Pardew has said today that his direction is to bring in young players, so why bring Craig Bellamy back to Tyneside?

Young players of around 26 years old or younger, would be Newcastle targets, unless they are free agents presumably, and can be brought in for nothing, at least as  far as the transfer fee is concerned.

£7M for a 32 year-old cannot be good business, surely.

Although Craig was a handful on Tyneside, he always produced on the field of play, to be fair to him, and as far as Bobby Robson was concerned, he was worth the problems he gave the Newcastle manager.

Bobby said he was one of the most difficult players he ever had to handle in his management career  – and that’s saying something.

Bobby once called Craig – the only player who could start an argument in an empty room – but Craig did have a good playing record on Tyneside, and played well alongside the mercurial Alan Shearer, when Newcastle were in the Champions League, under Bobby Robson.

But Craig Bellamy is part of Newcastle’s past – and hardly part of the future of the Tyneside club, at 32 years of age some July.

But that’s only my opinion on this –  what do you think of this rumor?

Comments welcome.

71 comments so far

  • john DSOUZA

    Apr 3, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #1


  • davybtoon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #2

    my deals id like to see happen in the summer one of the following strikers from europe n one from england
    foriegn- sow, sigthorson, van wolfswinkel
    england -danny graham, shane long, gary hooper

    wingers- gervinho,taarbt,lens,moses
    midfiled- leroy fer or someone similar

    my line up
    simpson willo colo jose
    tiote barton
    gervinho taarbt
    ben arfa

  • john DSOUZA

    Apr 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Too old but much beta dan ameobi an has pace datz wat we need, 2mil would b a gud deal.

  • Toonboy_84

    Apr 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Get him back. Not for 7m though. He’s a w*nker but a quality player!

  • davcon22

    Apr 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #5

    hope not!! the lads trouble!!!

  • moonraker

    Apr 3, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Not a chance Ed; he’s too expensive, got injury problems and a pain in the arse to work with! although he is a quality player 🙂

  • MadAboutToon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #7

    we need a proven goalscorer not bellamy

  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s a complete hero in my mind, purely for the goal against Feyenoord – Probably my best ever Toon memory.

    “Bellamyyyyyyyy! It’s iiiiiiin!!!”

    But no, him and barton in the same team? No thanks

  • Ghali

    Apr 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #9

    NO..simply not going to explain but NO

  • Young_Mag

    Apr 3, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #10

    No to Bellamy for me!!

    off topic: anyone seen Sunderland’s run-in, all relegation candidates apart from Bolton .. Could be tasty 😉

  • boater

    Apr 3, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #11

    john dsouza – did you learn english listening to n-dubz, or on da streetz boss innit?

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 3, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #12

    If we’re going to sign a 32 year-old, Klose for free? Stick £10m in for Sturridge and V.Aanholt from Chelski too!

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 3, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Shane Long and Sow I would love it, if they were are strikers and Gervinho as a winger a wide striker or a striker Wendt left back and a Centre Back a quality one


    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Defo not the way to go, for 7million im sure you could get a good young quality player.
    anyone know how much is sturrage worth??? he would be a great signing maby him and Johan Elmander
    NEW RB taylor colo jose
    barton teotie nolan
    ben arfa
    sturrage elmander

    simpson willo NEW CB NEW LB
    Goshling Guttrie Fergie
    Best strola/ranger

    Get rid of Sol, Lover, Smith (even for free), raylor, perch,

    I think that would be sweet as a nut – top 6 material


    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #15

    would like larsson if im being gready

  • zico martin

    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Far to old now and would rock the boat to much,
    The players I would love to see us sign would be Shane long or Nicky maynard (or both)
    plus a good big centre forward to replace Carrol

  • Thump

    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Never win with a bunch of nuns. I’d take him back.

  • Thump

    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Sturridge will probably be around 10m by my reckoning. Maybe more due to his age.

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #19

    I would love this line up

    simpson willo collo jose/wendt
    tiote barton
    geravinho taraabt
    ben arfa
    s taylor

    thats my dreamteam for next season


    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #20

    First Post: van Wolfswinkel is a good player but there are better in the Dutch League:

    Leonardo from NAC-Breda: Roy Berends from SC-Herenveen: Theo Jansen from FC Twente.
    Peter Wisgerhof from FC Twente.

    As for Bellamy, reports here say that FC Feyenoord Rotterdam would like to sign him.

    He would probably demand a huge salary which is now not an option is just too old to fit in at Newcastle. I can still remember trying to knock out Kieren Dyer a few years back.

    So i say no to Mr Bellamy!

  • Thump

    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #21

    To anybody who thinks Forster could cut it in the EPL – you’re wrong.

    1. He can’t communicate. Remember the season we went down and Harper stepped up? He didn’t talk to the defenders the way Shay did and therefore we were punished by silly goals.
    2. He pulls off some amazing saves now and then, but struggles on the simple ones.
    3. In a 1v1 situation, he almost always loses out.
    4. He can not get down. I can’t stress that enough. A low, mid powered shot is his nemesis and again, will let nearly every one of them in (see Rangers vs. Celtic).

    If Celtic want him, they can have him. Good young player but he has a hell of a lot to learn. Krul over Forster any day.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Sturridge and V.Aanholt are not for sale at any price they are the future of Chelsea it will not happen, Dutch and French is our likely targets, check out our squad to see what route we will take.

  • ginkoh

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Diego is superb signing and he can leave on cheap. We should try it.

  • carlton nufc

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Would anyone here like to see Gabriel abonglahor come to the toon im not to sure of age and price but couldn’t cost too much. Any views

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #25

    we don’t need taarbat if we get gerviniho or lens, we have jonas and fergie, also Richardson should be given a chance and also lua lua. Don’t waste money on taarbat i don’t think he will fit in our squad with personalities of Barton, Ben Arfa and so on. Team spirit is very good don’t mess it up.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #26

    dave1961 or Mr Abramovich’ spokesperson? How’d you like to be addressed?

  • daneevz

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #27

    my team for nxt year:

  • Andy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Thump i could not agree more with you regarding Forster. Saying that he still has time on his side as he is a keeper and for whatever reason the take longer to develop. Not too sure whether Krul is up to it yet as he has the communication problem also. It will be very interesting to see who is number 1 next year

  • daneevz

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #29

    I Think Harper still be N01 nxt year hes been outstandin apart from that game at stoke but hes normally consistent and top draw saving

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #30

    I would swap Smith and Xisco for Bellamy but not for that kind of money!! He’s too old anyway but I loved the way he played for us. He always gave his all for us. But I can’t forget that magical goal against Feyernoord and his stupid head butt in the first 5 minutes against Inter leaving us the whole match with 10 men! What a wa*ker but what a great player too. We could really use his pace in the team these days.

  • Andy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh and regarding Bellamy I loved him during his time here. My favourite player while he was here, bit too old but for less than 4 million i would love him back. I reckon he’ll probably end up back at Cardiff though as he says he loves it there due to how close his family are

  • Thump

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Forster definitely has time to develop, but can we offer him that time?

    Krul is definitely the better keeper out of the two as it stands and is rightfully playing at a good level. His communication is a bit off, but still better than Forster’s imo.

    I also think that Harper will remain number 1, with him either retiring or playing second fiddle again for his final season.

    If we sell Forster, I reckon we should go for Huddersfield’s Alex Smithies. The few times I’ve seen him play he’s been a rock and my mates who live in and around the Huddersfield area swear he’s the dogs dangly bits.

  • chuck

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Craig Bellamy ?
    Sure take him in a New York second, might put some cojones in to the side.
    But not for seven million, sorry Craig !

  • Andy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #34

    The only problem with that is can he play at the top level, I know FF hasn’t really yet but from watching that young Arsenal keeper, Scezny? he was meant to have been absolute quality last year with Brentford, in the same league and ofcourse FF looked quality in that league last year with Norwich. I agree that Krul is the better allround keeper at the moment and if he could improve his communication he will be a top keeper for us

  • Jammydodger

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Only get the Craig to my Bellamy if hes cheap, Taraabt I agree with the earlier bloke he wouldn’t fit in and we have a better version in benny also he never passes just tries to do it all himself and against top defenders he will get shafted.
    Elamnder youve got to be kidding, since he scored against us nearly 3 months ago hes scored one

  • davybtoon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Forster will be no1 next year n krul will go on season long loan, your on about forster not communicating he will fit ryt in then bcoz harper dosent do it at all.
    i except some of our top youngsters to go on loan till jan window n comebk n challenge the first team rather than make jan signings

  • davybtoon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #37

    i agree with the above about shane long n nicky maynard pardew has already admitted theres a few championship players he wants, as for tomkins id rather see kadar take campbell place in the sqaud

  • davybtoon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #38

    sunderland are in real trouble and the reason they are n we arent is simple GOALS, we have goals comin from all over the pitch were as the scum havent scored in over 400mins of pl footie, i watched there last 2games against liverpool n man city today n they didnt create a single chance in 2 matchs, theres always one team who jus slides remember hull n 1pt from 21pt available thats relegation form

  • davybtoon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #39

    also got a feeling the 2 free agents were talking to are seb larrson n oscar wednt

  • dave 1961

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #40

    I read it in an article that all


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