Maybe it’s just me – but I cannot believe the stories that Newcastle will try to to sign West Ham striker Carlton Cole, in the summer.
Carlton Cole – simply not good enough for Newcastle
That’s bad enough, but when you see that the 6’3″ striker would cost around £7M, that would be a waste of money – let’s clarify that – a complete waste of money.
Cole is one of those strikers of the Emile Heskey school – he hardly ever scores goals – which is what strikers are paid to do.
And we pointed out a couple of weeks ago that Carlton has a poor goal-scoring record, and it’s not as good as Shola Ameobi’s record, who is just a couple of years older than Cole.
Cole has 52 goals from 248 total club appearances in his career (0.21 goals/game) and Shola has 70 goals in 302 total appearances (0.23 goals per game), and Shola is not renowned for the number of goals he scores for Newcastle United.
We’ll just point that Carlton Cole cannot get into the first team of a woeful West Ham side, who simply looked deplorable on Sunday in losing 3-2 at Wigan, after being 2-0 up at the half.
The new owners David Gold and David Sullivan have hardly served their faithful fans well, and it was interesting they sacked former manager Avram Grant immediately after the game – obviously it was all his fault and nothing to do with them.
Carlton Cole to Newcatsle to replace Andy Carroll would be a complete disaster, and would definitely send the wrong message to Newcastle fans.
However, if Newcastle are interested in a West Ham striker, we would hope it’s Demba Ba, who scored both goals on Sunday in the first 26 minutes, and the Senegal striker has scored 7 goals in 13 appearances for West Ham this year.
He would have to pass a medical on his knee, of course – which he failed at Stoke in January, before signing for West Ham.