I Keep Telling Peter Lovenkrands To Shoot More

As we’ve often pointed out, Peter Lovenkrands has a fine record at the Newcastle club.

Peter Lovenkrands – rifling the ball home on Saturday

Signed just over two years ago as a free agent, Peter Lovenkrands has made 69 appearances for Newcastle and scored 25 goals, with 9 of those  being scored in the Premier League.

And Peter took his chance so well against Blackpool on Saturday afternoon, and rifled the ball home in great style to put Newcastle 1-0 up after just 17 minutes.

Alan Pardew talked about his Danish striker today:

“I keep telling Peter he needs to shoot more, and he’s shown with his goal exactly why he should,”“He’s so honest at times he looks to set other people up rather than taking a bit of a gamble himself.”

“When he’s in the side, you know you can play four midfield players against a side playing a different system because of his work-rate.”

“It was only because of the effort he put in against Manchester United that he got substituted. Even if new players come in, I know Peter will still be pushing for a place in the team.”

“He’s a fantastic character and we’re very lucky to have him.”

We’re hoping that Newcastle bring in two strikers over the summer, because the side have not been threatening enough up front, and Shola Ameobi is simply too inconsistent to be relied on to produce goals on a regular basis.

It’s been a huge chance for Shola Ameobi with Carroll gone, and Leon Best injured and out for the season, but he’s only managed one goal recently against Wolves, although it was a good one, to be sure.

But ever since Alan Pardew has arrived on Tyneside, he’s been short of striking power up front, with Carroll initially injured and then sold to Liverpool, and Leon Best injured after putting in 6 goals in 11 PL appearances.

That’s one reason we are hoping for two out and out strikers coming into the club in the summer.

We watched Gervinho and French striker Kevin Gameiro in the Lorient vs Lille game yesterday, which ended up 1-1, and Gameiro scored his 18th goal of the season, and we fully expect Newcastle scouts were at that game.

Two reported Newcastle targets,  Gameiro and Ivorian winger Gervinho both looked very good, and we’d be pleased if either of these two players arrive at Newcastle in the summer.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1


  • magpie999

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Ameobi is a waste of space.

    I’m sick to the back teeth of saying season after season after season that it should be his last in a newcastle shirt and yet hes still here.

    He is the laziest player I have ever seen. Plays one good game in 12 and you can guarantee he’ll be injured the following game so he doesn’t have to follow it up.

    Hes a con man, has managed to take millions out of this club in wages and has repaid very little.

    We do not have any Premier League strikers at this club right now.

    Yes Peter works hard (50 times harder than Ameobi) but he’s still not good enough.

    Get rid of Ameobi, Lovenkrands and Best, bring in 3 good quality strikers, 2 young potential stars and 1 more established player (Odemwingie)

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Seems like to me,Shola is on the dole !!!

  • Davies

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Bit harsh on Ameobi, magpie999. We won’t sell him and he will chip in with goals, so you might as well get used to it and stop slagging off our players.

  • Elfy_Toon

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    I like lovenkrands, he just needs a run in the team to start scoring. He’s been used too sparingly to get a gd run of form going. We do need two new strikers but i can’t see that happening, maybe we’ll get one in gameiro and gervinho (if he came!) would be out on the right wing. I know people slate ameobi but he does always step up when we need him to and does come up with some important goals! we won’t sell him. Best seems to have a few goals in him as well. will be interesting to see who the new strike force will be next season as all of them can grab some goals.

  • cousto

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    watching Ameobi on saturday he was awful. McLoven isn’t an out and out striker but he has more composure in front of goal than Shola.
    Hopefully the Power Ranger and Airey will get a few games now we are (nearly) safe, both of them have bucket loads of talent but are needing to polish up before guaranteed 1st team football.

  • magpie999

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    A bit harsh on Ameobi?

    You have got to be kidding.

    He has managed to con about 10 managers in his time. He must look like a combination of Messi and ronaldo in training because he is beyond rubbish on the pitch.

    One word sums up Ameobi….LAZY

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #8

    “Even if new players come in”. I hope you mean. Even when new players come in.

  • curmon

    Apr 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9


    You do not go far enough he is worse than lazy, he has no talent and is not a premiership or even championship standard player.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Shola would be ok if we could con him into thinking that we are playing Sunderland week in week out.

  • kilcline

    Apr 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #11

    I totally agree with magpie999, if we have any ambition not to be looking over our shoulder at relegation each season we need 2 new strikers minimum. Our strikers are as useful as GG would be in a football quiz.

  • AshSays

    Apr 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #12

    I suppose we will know what Nile Ranger is made of next season, wouldn’t want to call it make or break it season but i think in some ways that’s what it will be.

  • Selbymag

    Apr 25, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Shola still a better option the Ranger im afraid. Although to be fair from what Ranger has shown this season Perch has a better eye for goal.

  • MacToon

    Apr 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    So the same people telling us not to slag Ashley off are the same people quite happy to slag our players off! Hypocrits.

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Hes not lazy . He just hasnt got any pace . he had a bad game on saturday but that doesnt mean we shud get rid of him . he has good games aswell you no

  • boater

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #16

    magpie999 – Sit down and shut up will you. Shola had a bad game,, he was MOTM against wolves a week and half earlier.

    Shola will give you 8-10 goals every season. With no striker in the league hitting 20 these days, that’s not a bad return. The reason every manager rates him is because they have an ounce of tactical football understanding – unlike some people on here.

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #17

    The Thing is By Rights Shola Was Nearly Finished Because of Injury so he has Done Well to get back Were he is. Would you lot rather play Ranger who doesn’t score or Play Shola ?? He may be a bit slow and lazy but he can score… Talking of Lazy Gits Look at Ranger HE should be sold or sent out on loan and Get someone else in !!! Give Young Kazenga LuaLua a chance next season .. Phil Airey should be given a chance also !!!!!! On The Subject of Ashley and The Board We had the same old Crap over 30 years ago and its still the same it was Westwood’ seymour all that lot so what has changed ?? we sold Supermac then & we have sold Carroll Now so The Difference is ?? Mind You We would be Better of With Joe Harvey Than Mr Pardew !!!!

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #18

    We are Going to Have a Cracking 2011/2012 season . New Signings New Legs Bigger Squad !!!!!

  • toon18

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Can anyone inform me what type of striker Sow is? What’s his style of play?


  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #20

    GG ha ha yea get him some Red and White Blinkers to Go With The Face Mask !!!! Gawd We would get £35 Million for Him !!!!! 30 Goals a Season !!!!! Steve Bruce Must Hate Him Really Bad !!!

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Shola has an eye for opportunities, he can read play, and has the tactical understanding to help up front. Yes, he’s been injury prone, and he isn’t always on top form, but which striker is? Admittedly, his legs seem to be going, so I agree on bringing in a new striker or 2.
    Lovenkrands meanwhile, in recent games has impressed me. His movement off the ball is intelligent, and is nearly always where he needs to be. His pace is also impressive.

  • Nathaaan

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #22

    You might say ameobi is lazy, he has fantastic morals and is also 100% commited to the club, he also gets goals every now and again so imo he should be a sub, but selling him is slightly silly. @magpie999

  • dave 1961

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #23

    shola played with an injury, that serious another hard blow could have been fatal, to me that’s commitment, we have had players out for months with a sore finger.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 25, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #24

    i do agree that Shola is the laziest and one of the crappiest striker ever play for NUFC, the reason people stick for him is because he is a GEORDIES – thats all!

    he is not a LOYAL player because there is NO CLUB IN THE WORLD would like to signed him. Even his loan deal at Stoke City didnt want to SIGN him

    he is that crap, not even championship club want him!

  • shearermania

    Apr 25, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #25

    shola played with a broken cheek bone against wolves and threw himself about….
    hes a geordie lad with bucket loads of passion towards our club…
    he is very frustating to watch but cut him some slack. when the going gets tough you can count on him….hence hence his record against the scum….
    shola is just newcastle…he sums it up…
    a roller coaster…..up and down

  • magpie999

    Apr 25, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Boater you’re an idiot, you’re probably one of these fans who thought Martins was a good striker and used to boo when he was subbed…then again you probably don’t go to the matches thats why you think Ameobi is decent.
    SM Ameobi..geordie, just newcastle blah blah blah who cares, does that mean we should sign up Ant and Dec? blinkered idiots

  • Thump

    Apr 25, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Are you on the rag, magpie?

  • Brutooon

    Apr 25, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Shola is 29 years old and he got maximum 3 yrs left

    no other club would want to sign him. Not even a league 1 team

    he will get one good game every 20 games he played

    even the AGEING Kuqi can run faster than Ameobi

    Ameobi been a 3/10 footballers but because he is a geordies then people rate him 9/10 (same level as MESSI)

  • Selbymag

    Apr 25, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Brutoon get a grip you moron.

    Shola has put his future health on the line to play over the last couple of months.
    He played for 2 seasons needing an operation on his hip but had to wait as Shearer kept getting cropped and he had to bail us out.

    Perhaps he looks crap on the internet or wherever you watch games.

  • cousto

    Apr 25, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #30

    not doubting his commitment, but with his height, strength and experience, he should be scoring every time Joey puts a ball in the box.

    Ranger hasn’t scored, but he’s eager and will break his duck soon and the goals should flow.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 25, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Ameobi playing style follow the steps of Asprilla, but Asprilla lazy attitude like got good skills and good finish. Ameobi is a poor version of Asprilla

    Ranger is now trying to follow Ameobi. Ameobi gave bad influence to young players…

  • Selbymag

    Apr 25, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Brutoon you are mental man shut up before you start blaming Alan Shoulder

  • xmindcrimex

    Apr 25, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Strolla is a con man, but I like him. Good to have in the team, but not 1st choice for me at all.

    Gameiro would be interesting… he’d probably need a big guy to play off of. That Sow fella would be perfect partner maybe?

    Yeye. Bring on the summer.

  • asiangeordie

    Apr 25, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #34

    I don’t know. Don’t you find it a little odd that Strolla can shoot howlers over the bar but he can’t even cross a decent ball?

  • boater

    Apr 25, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #35

    @Magpie 999 – It’s difficult to say how unpleasant you come across.

    I do got to matches- and always have done. Shola is far from perfect- very frustrating at times, but continues to help a pretty average current NUFC side to win valuable points. Wigan 2-0 down, we’re dead and buried – he came on – scored one, set up the 2nd, all in the last 10 mins. Sunderland, Chelsea.. also spring to mind.

    I feel sorry for you that you could hate one of your own players so much. His regional/club loyalty is important because – we spend so long bemoaning the lack of it from players such as Carroll and Owen, etc.

    If shola went, you’d aim your bile at someone else… it’s just the way some people are. Very sad.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Shola scores i do agreed but he is 5% good and 95% shit. Its the same with Saylor, we all try to defend him cause he is a Geordies but football-wise Ameobi is the most crap striker in the premierleague. He played 10 yrs for the club, he never that consistent (he cant ever score more than 10 goals)

    Stop saying Ameobi is LOYALTY – i said this thousands of time. The reason he stick with NUFC is because NO OTHER CLUB would want to sign him! the only single club who want him was stoke(during his loan period) but even them realise shola ameobi is not even championship quality

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #37

    magpie999 your statement says it all 10 managers rated him but you don’t I would say that is a clear indication of you haven’t a clue as to what makes a footballer.

    My suggestion is leave your keyboard alone and stop embarrassing yourself.

    I recon the same can be said for brutooon,,,,,,,, boy you do come out with some c**p,,,,,,,,

    Another one that thinks because they can win some games on a game console then they are of football manager quality

  • Brutooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #38

    Ameobi is shit, sorry to say but thats FACT


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