Three Championship Strikers Newcastle Are Tracking

England under-21 international Connor Whickam may still be fancied by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

18 year old Ipswich striker Connor Whickham

And Alan has already had contact with the player, because he signed Connor when he was manager of Reading through 2003, but the London club released Wickham in 2006, and that’s when he was signed by Ipswich Town.

There are a number of top Premier League clubs tracking Connor Whickham, and therefore we’d be very surprised if he ended up at Newcastle.

Connor was one of the 40 players named in this summer’s provisional England Under-21 squad that’s off to Denmark, and of course England first teamers Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere were also named in that squad – and it seems like England may be wanting to win that tournament.

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell says he doesn’t want to sell Connor:

“I’m not looking to sell Connor Wickham, and I don’t think he is looking to leave, but if someone came in with a silly offer and he wanted to go we would have to listen to it.”

In other words please make us a ridiculously high offer for Connor and we’ll sell him.

Spurs and and Arsenal are interested in Connor Whickham, and the only advantage of the 18 year-old moving to Tyneside, is he’d get a lot more playing time than moving to either of those London clubs, where top Internationals are seen weekly on the bench.

28 year old Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd

Another striker that has been mentioned in the local papers today is Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd, whose contract at the Welsh club runs out in the summer, but we wonder if Jay is talented enough to be a success at Newcastle?

The Islington-born 6’3″ striker turns 29 tomorrow, and the three year contract he signed in 2008, when he moved from Wolves, ends on June 30th.

Indeed, Newcastle were said to be after Bothroyd in January, but that deal was not done, and you have to think Newcastle are at least talking to the player, since Alan Pardew has said today the club are talking to several free agents at the moment.

Bothroyd has a decent scoring record this season, with 18 goals in 35 matches, but we have to remember that’s in England’s second division, and it’s a much harder proposition in the Premier League.

24 year old Reading striker Shane Long

A third player Newcatsle are said to be interested in is Shane Long of Reading.

The 24 year-old has played 196 times for Reading since 2005 and  scored 52 goals, and the Irish lad has had a great season this season with 23 goals in 46 appearances, but of course that’s in England’s second division.

Shane has 19 caps for Ireland and 6 goals, and Newcastle have been interested in this player for over a year now.

Of the three strikers, Connor Whickam would be the most exiting buy, since the lad is a very good player already, and at only 18, he could become a lot better playing at Newcastle.

Bothroyd is good value, because he would come for nothing, and Shane Long could well be one of those players that can make the class jump to the Premier League, and Shane is  certainly one of the best players in England’s second division.

What do you think of these three strikers?

Comments welcome.

99 comments so far

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Overrated, not good enough – applies to all 3.

  • Billy1985

    May 4, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #2

    if any i would get cw but it might not work out for him if he was any good surely one of the bigger clubs would of tried last summer or jan. ranger was banging goals in, in our reserves and acadamy teams but he cant even see the net never mind hitting it in the first team, seen it loads of times before look at chopra, every1 was saying he will be the next shearer but he wasnt, cw has it all to do, think we should get experience in first before we gamble on a young unproven striker

  • north east lincs toon

    May 4, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    when is benny back?

  • Billy1985

    May 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #4

    hopefully next game we need him lol

  • Danj_008

    May 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Is Ashley and Pardew preparing the team for the championship 2012-13??

    I don’t expect big name players like the old days, but a bit of pedigree is nice, especially when it comes to strikers…

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 4, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    All three are no better than what we have already, and if you put any of our current strikers in the Championship they would be superb!
    We need a proven 15 goal per season top flight striker, or 2 if we’re allowed to be gready.

  • Solaidback

    May 4, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s all speculation as I can’t see any of these guys coming in as our 1st choice striking option to play along side Besty….

    We’ll get someone from abroad to fill that role, Best as No2 & maybe the rest will fall into the lecking order or leave….

  • Bell

    May 4, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    i honestly dont want us to sign championship players in the summer. Especially upfront !! personally i would take one of the youngsters and try to bring out their potential in the big time, but we must sign some proven strikers who have a good chance of scoring 15+ goals a season.

  • gorskino10

    May 4, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #9

    I like Long, not sure if he has enough to become a starter, but he works hard and his finishing is really good, may be a Backup/Starter but would be a good buy, Connor is good BUT WAY WAY to overpriced, no point we can get a proven scorer or even 2 strikers for his price tag.
    Jay is very overated in a good Cardiff team, 28 tad too old for us and hasnt scored much since his injury.

  • GeordieRob

    May 4, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Wickham is a similar story to Ireland. The price far outweighs the risk. Paying over the odds for a kid that has done “OK’ in the championship (40 games 8 goals) is just silly when there are kids with the same potential on the continent, Asia, Americas and you pay less than half.

    At least with Long you’re not paying a premium for hype. (Though we’d almost certainly be getting someone with less potential).

  • lesh

    May 4, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #11

    FFS it’s fine going for younger player with prospects but without signing some decent experience, we’re in danger of fielding a Champs League team in the Prem!

  • mattnufc

    May 4, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Christ, knew Ashley’s ambitions were low, but..

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 4, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #13

    lesh, you mean Championship surely?

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 4, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #14

    And guys, I mean no offence to Ed, but you realise this blog post isn’t factual? I just mean it’s not full of quotes from Pardew and sightings of Carr lol…

    It’s just a story pieced together from cuttings, which makes an interesting read.

    Ed puts up stories linking us with a few foreign internationals today, you guys read this, and suddenly think we’re only looking at Championship players??

  • connor_nufc

    May 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Wickham will be world class

  • Davies

    May 4, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Over the past few years, I’ve gained a good education about a lot of footballers and a lot of clubs, just from reading this blog. We’re linked with dozens of players in every window and Ed presents us with a neatly packaged write up on all of them. It’s brilliant.

    Let’s not get carried away when he writes about one or two you don’t fancy. We may sign one of these lads, we may not. Personally, I’m hoping for something a little better, but you never know.

  • ganiyu

    May 4, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Erm i think the enrique deal would bring david ngog to newcastle

  • djm...

    May 4, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Aye danj… We could just go out and find the lovechild of shearer and Henry. There’s nout wrong with signing young players from the lower leagues, we got ranger from Southampton.

    Agree boothroyd is way too old but iv been impressed with long and he could be a late bloomer like Ian wright, how’s that for pedigree? 😉

  • FarAwayGeordie

    May 4, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19

    harry redknapp summed up wickham perfectly

    he said something along the lines that he was a great talent but if any club signs him he wont be ready for premiership football straight away so will not be worth investment unless the club has plenty of money to burn and time to wait .. which i dont think applies to us?

  • wynsleap

    May 4, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Too many Championship players and you end up with a Championship team. Simples!

  • Billy1985

    May 4, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #21

    and what has ranger done for us he is shit

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Only championship people worth getting are:

    Taraabt (Ok I know they’re EPL now)
    Ashley Williams
    Whickham (at the right price)

    I don’t want journeymen like Bothroyd. He’s 29 if he was all that he would have been in the top league years ago.

  • Billy1985

    May 4, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #23

    people are saying qpr are in the prem but they could be hit with a 15 point deduction today so they might just hit the playoff position if they win the next game if it happens… i dont rate him much he has stood out this season but nobody was talking about him last season were they…..point proved to me he annoys me more than ronaldo he shows off too much he thinks he is gods gift some1 should give him a good clout which he would get in them prem then he would shy away we need team players

  • lesh

    May 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #24

    ToonDownSouth – well spotted – hope to be referring to the Chamions League next season…..

    Dream on!

  • lesh

    May 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Aye Rotunda, Ashley Williams a sure-fire signing @£millions.

    MA’s surely to like the name!

  • clinta3

    May 4, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #26


    I’d take N’gog over these guys. I too think CW will be great in a few years, but thats the point… in a few years.

    What we need now is what we lost in Andy Carroll a player that can get us goals straight away in the PL, not a few years down the track.

    The money we have for Carroll needs to be spent on a proper replacement that can do the job, so perhaps a 24-26 year keeping wihtin the youth policy but starting to get into there peak.

    The problem is there isn’t that many decent strikers out there and the ones that are out there attract the big clubs or are stupidly expensive.

    I think we’ll get a striker in, but am worried he won’t be any better than what we’ve already got.

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 4, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #27,19528,11661_6912860,00.html

    Oh dead. Ajax in for Sig, looks like that’s us out of the race ;(

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 4, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #28

    dear* 😐

  • TimToon9

    May 4, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #29

    You really think he would choose ajax over us?

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Billy 1985

    Wish we had a Ronaldo or Nani. Anyone with real star quality would be great. I couldn’t give a rats how may tricks they did – it’s called entertainment and we’ve been starved of it for years now.

    The difference is successful teams can accommodate the Ronaldo’s and let them express themselves. I would take a Taraabt (16 goals, 16 assists) any day over a Smith (no goals, no assists, just yellow and red cards on 60k a week)

    Carroll was only 19 when he started playing regularly. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

  • Richy_c90

    May 4, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Looks like Alan Smith could be on his way to the MLS!/AlanSmithy17
    His ex has made a fake twitter in his name, and is telling everyone the ‘truth’quite funny.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #32

    I wish !!

  • Davidelder888 tweet

    May 4, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Geordie roar

    Our toon badge we wear with pride plastic supporters don’t feel this inside. We have seen horrors and been sent down, that didn’t stop us filling our ground. 

    Heroes, villains, knights and kings, no one knows what the fairy tail brings. From entertainers, high flyers to the brunt of a joke, the Geordie giant one day will be awoke 

    Our cabinet may be empty but are stands remain full we know something they don’t teach in school. It’s not about trophies and trips to millan, It’s Pride loyalty and being a man. Bobby, Jackie and shearer knew the score.
     you can’t buy the Geordie roar  

  • chuck

    May 4, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Guess it`s just Ashleys nature to look for cheapo deals, people are in the second tier because they are not good enough for the PL, we even have a few in the side.
    For our owner it`s not a case of will he improve the side , it`s simply can i get a good sell on price and make a profit.
    He has show business (football) confused with retailing.

  • tom tomb

    May 4, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Lesh surely you mean Champions league?!

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 4, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #36

    In the strikers department we can’t afford to gamble on youngsters coming through in England’s second division. If he’s one for the future would take Connor Wickham, he has all the attributes Carroll has and is still very young.

    We need a proven goal scorer either this league or foreign. We will probably go for a top foreign like striker Sow, well we should anyway.

    Ben Arfa back soon 😀

  • Billy1985

    May 4, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #37

    @rotonda heights i love entertaining football but i dont think the team are ready for it just yet. just if we survive this season doesnt mean we will survive next year. we need stability before we start to express our attacking/entertaining side like it used to be, but i dont think we will ever get a team as good as we had back then, hopefully im proved wrong. we should be pushing for europe next season but the relegation safety points are getting closer to the points people need for europe of europe. its been a weird season this year and i think that every1 is going to be getting results all over the place again. the teams that are cuming up from champ are good enough what i have seen of them to stay in prem so they arent going to be pushovers like we used to say an easy 6 points. as long as we get experience as well as young then we should stand in good shape, if we do get cw just send him back out on loan again but we def need experienced/proven strikers

  • Brutooon

    May 4, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #38

    If compare each one of the three strikers, i would say yes to any of them simple because

    1) Better than Ameobi
    2) Younger than Ameobi
    3) Hardworking than Ameobi
    4) Smile better than Ameobi

  • Oba

    May 4, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #39

    Would love to see HBA back before the end of the season, would give the whole club and fans a real boost before next season.

  • Billy1985

    May 4, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #40

    it would give the other team something to worry about too……they probs just worry about our midfield so they arent even bothered about 2 of our players really cause forwards are shit


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