Newcastle have again been linked with West Ham striker Carlton Cole, and that has to be worrying news.
Carlton Cole – worse goals scored record than Ameobi
After losing Andy Carroll to Liverpool, the very last thing we would want to see is to get an ordinary striker like Cole into Newcastle.
If that happens it will show the extent of Newcastle ambition, and it simply not be good enough, because after all this player cannot even keep his place in the West Ham side, and they are bottom of the league.
Apparently Newcastle inquired about the striker on January 31st, after big Andy had been sold to Liverpool, but this class of player will hardly excite Newcastle fans.
Don’t get us wrong, when he’s on form Carlton is an excellent player with good skills, but he reminds us too much of Shola Ameobi, who goes missing in games far too much.
In fact we don’t rate Carlton much better than Shola Ameobi – and Shola has a better goal scoring record – with Shola having 69 goals in 294 club appearances for Newcastle, and Cole, having just 53 goals in 248 club appearances.
West Ham have come out today and said they will sell all their England Internationals if they are relegated, and that’s probably how this story originated.
But since the West Ham side have performed so poorly this season, it’s difficult to see many of their players – other than Robert Green and former Newcastle midfielder Scotty Parker – being in much demand.
We think Alan Pardew needs to think of better players than Carlton Cole, to bring to Newcastle this summer.
We simply don’t think Carlton Cole is good enough to play for Newcastle, not if we are going to finish in the top eight next season.
What do you think of this?