Cole Signing Would Send Wrong Message To Geordie Fans


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.

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106 comments so far

  • connor_nufc

    May 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Please no!!!!!

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  • sapipa

    May 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Cole would be a great signing

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  • Stuart

    May 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    God no. If we sign him this summer thats the last straw when it comes to the fat man like.

    I’ve spent the best part of this season trying to convince people that we’re going to really strengthen our squad this summer.

    If someone like this comes in and it shows a complete lack of ambition on the fat mans part like.

    £7m for a player who is no better than Strolla or Best? I dont think so.

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  • gorskino10

    May 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d rather us buy a player with no legs than Carlton Cole also heard from some source sites Jose is going to Lyon.

    “Barring any last-minute turn of events or change of plans, Olympique Lyon are close to signing Spanish left-back Jose’ Enrique from Newcastle United for 7 million Euros.”
    7M Euros is around 5.5/6M WELL TOO LOW but thats what the source says.

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  • sapipa

    May 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    carlton cole is a good player. better than those 2 ameobis

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  • bristolmagpie

    May 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    The guy cant even get in the starting 11 for west ham on a consistent basis, why the hell would we want him

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  • nightfa11

    May 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    anoter overrated englihs player:D

    i dont think anyone would be that stupid to sight below average crocked player for 7 mio..i certanly hope so..

    as for enrique..i think he will wait who we sign before deciding on his future.. so if improve our squad i think he will extend his contract..BUT if we sign cole hes out.

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  • toonturtle

    May 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    I would take Ba over Cole. At least he’s shown he knows where the goal is, although he hasn’t played much.

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  • barryvenison

    May 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Demba Ba looks a quality player and the only forward West Ham own that looks woth a punt.

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  • Lew Davies

    May 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    That sounds more like the opening round of bids for Jose.
    Just to get the ball rolling.
    He wont go for less than £15M.
    One of the best full backs in the EPL doesn’t get sold for 7M Euros..
    Ha Ha Ha. Nice try.
    Sauce more like.

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  • FarAwayGeordie

    May 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    who saw his miss for west ham vs wigan on sunday … not worth even 2million in my opinion

    useless

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  • Stuart

    May 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12

    If we sign Ba I can guarantee he’ll spend more time on the treatment table than on the pitch.

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  • Solaidback

    May 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Stuart // May 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    God no. If we sign him this summer thats the last straw when it comes to the fat man like.

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    Stuart fella, what as Pardew going for Cole got to do with Ashley???

    Its the managers choice who he brings in & Ashley will only go by Pardews requests, he’s not doing an Abramovich & buying the players for Pardew, he’s will say yeah & nah depending on the value, thats all!!!

    Some fans will blame Ashley for everything, including what players the manager brings in.. thats not the case yeah,.,.. he just hold the purse strings.. its down to the manager in the end…

    As for Cole, yeah he maybe rubbish but you also have to blame the players he has around him, if he’s not getting the service, then he won’t score.. saying that, I still wouldn’t want him at the Toon, not better than Strola, so we need to look elsewhere!!!

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  • Stuart

    May 17, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Solaidback,

    Do you really think CC would be AP’s first choice?

    I reckon the only way we would sign him is if our first choice strikers are priced out of our range, this will be when MA throws a couple of pence at west ham and we get CC.

    Hence lack of ambition. I’m sure we could get sturridge for £10m, is it worth paying £3m less for a useless striker?

    Did you see his miss from 2cm away at the weekend, even strolla would get that in.

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  • sapipa

    May 17, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Solaidback,

    Do you really think CC would be AP’s first choice?

    I reckon the only way we would sign him is if our first choice strikers are priced out of our range, this will be when MA throws a couple of pence at west ham and we get CC.

    Hence lack of ambition. I’m sure we could get sturridge for £10m, is it worth paying £3m less for a useless striker?

    Did you see his miss from 2cm away at the weekend, even strolla would get that in.

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  • nightfa11

    May 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16

    why would enrique cost 15 mio? hes got only a year left on his contract.. where do u get 15 mio? 10 tops..IF he decides to leave.

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  • carrollsinger

    May 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #17

    How about
    Harper
    Simmo Taylor colo Enrique
    Barton Nolan tiote gut
    Hba.
    Top striker
    I think that will be the team next year we will get 1-2 top signings and 2 frees
    Elmander
    Larsson
    Lw
    Striker

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  • jimmymagpie

    May 17, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #18

    I and a few others were villified after the Carroll sale when we told you that the fantacists were deluded if they thought that meant a spending on top strikers. Slowly but surely you are all beginning to realise the reality of the situation. Have you also noticed that if the Carroll sale had not taken place, not one penny of new money would have been available this summer. The fact remains that with the reputation this club has, you will only finish up with those players willing to come here, and they won’t be the top liners some of you deluded ones were dreaming of. Haven’t you even noticed that Pardew’s language has moderated since February? Now, he is telling us that he HOPES to persuade the owner to spend decent money on 1/2 players. He contradicts himself every time he opens his mouth, and he knows he will be lucky to have held on to the likes of Tiote and Barton come the start of next season, never mind significantly improvrd his squad.

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  • nightfa11

    May 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Elmander? do we really need to go through this again? is 30 and had 6 good months in his 15 year old carrear. he has even worse goal scoring “record” then shola. i though u want NUFC to move forward?

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  • gorskino10

    May 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Ba is on Twitter as well @dembabafoot 🙂
    He had a fall out with Hammers fan at a party yesterday so he was the most prized assest along with Parker and he will defo leave.

    So many clubs want him like Milan/Sunderland/Fulham/Stoke/ etc…
    If we go for Cole we want a player who no1 else wants! wonder why no1 wants him? cause Ba scored more goals.

    Ba – 12 games/ 7 goals

    Cole – 35 games/ 5 goals

    Says it all really he is Ameobi V2

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  • lewis_nufc

    May 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #21

    I think he is a great player and we should definelty get him. he is worth evry penny!!!!!11

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  • Stuart

    May 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Jimmy, Im sorry but how do you know we wouldnt have had investment without the Carroll sale?

    Of course we would, but you seem to forget MA is trying to run the club at a profit.

    He probably had every intention of providing a transfer fund this season, but then we sold carroll and rather than sinking even more money in theres a ready made £35m fund. Most owners in the world would take that as a plus and keep their own money in their pocket.

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    May 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Lew,
    No way will anyone pay £15m for Jose when his contract expires within 12 months.
    If he goes, it will be for between 5m-7m max.
    If we were to sign Jose up on another 5 year contract then you could quote £15m.

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  • jimmymagpie

    May 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Solaidback and Stuart – you are both right. Pardew’s judgement is questionable at best, but so long as Ashley owns the club, Pardew is about as good as you’ll get.

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  • Solaidback

    May 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Na mate, I don’t think CC is AP’s first or last choice, I think it’s just journo rubbish as usual but thats not what yer were saying, yer were blaming Ashley for this & it’s nowt to do with him, its Pardew but as I don’t think he’s any interest in CC at all…

    Pardew will find players he wants & then ask Ashley for the money, Ashley won’t pay over the odds for any player, we know that already, so 7m for CC is a non-starter imo….

    I don’t rate CC & never have, don’t want him or anyone like him at the club, the only way I’d accept him would be if Strola was going the other way, as we don’t need 2 players of that calibre at the club…. no chance!!!

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  • nightfa11

    May 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #26

    we should sign odemwinge: 15 goals in 9 assists this season..and is only 23,24.. even barton has only 8 assists i think.

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  • mikenotiades

    May 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27

    @Solaidback I have to disagree… That’s why Kevin left mate. Milner Out, Xisco in etc.. Pardew might reccommend or beg for one & Ashley might oblige, or more likely the scouts will find players, Ashley will judge and let Pardew know what he has when they arrive.

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  • Markaccus

    May 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #28

    I know we’re light on pulling power, but surely we can do better? Even bendtner and elmander would be a better shout than cole.

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  • boonarmy

    May 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    i wouldnt worry about carlton cole theres no way ashley would allow it, he wouldnt have scouts out all over europe to buy carlton cole.
    i think alexander pato is more likely than this imo haha. lazy journalism. would rather spend 20 million on gameiro than 7 on that donkey.

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  • nightfa11

    May 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #30

    bendtner has a huge ego..but is a good player..& if he played every week for arsenal..who know how many goals could he scored.. when hes in form he can score many..but he doesnt get many chances at arsenal.. for below 10 mio he would be a great buy.

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  • gorskino10

    May 17, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Stuart@

    Mike isnt like “Most” Owners :p It wouldn’t shock me if he takes 10/15M outta that 35M.

    @nightfa11

    23? no Odemwinges ONLY problem is he is 29 he only has 1 maybe 2 years max left i would say , Unlike Ba whos 25 and has ALOT more years at the top he is too old i reckon for us to buy him.

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  • Bucks mag

    May 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #32

    I can, and unfortuntely I think we will

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  • jimmymagpie

    May 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Stuart are you for real? Do you know how much the club will receive this close season in TV money, sponsorship money, and other commercial activities such as season tickets and a new first team strip? Lambsarse told us when the last accounts were published that the club was on the brink of running at a profit. It’s all about the FCB clawing back the debt he is owed. Come back in September when you realise how much little has been spent on transfers when compared to overall income.

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  • Drona

    May 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #34

    from hulk, to gervinho, to gameiro, to sturridge, to cole. what a joke lol

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  • nightfa11

    May 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #35

    damn..i really thought hes younger.. my bad.

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  • jj

    May 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #36

    im more and more hopeful with the players weve been linked with lately excluding cole….with a few outgoings to make more funds and wages available and i think we could be frightening next year as pardew said hes looking for a different approach next year…im guessing after his admiration of spurs hes after pace and creativity……

    ………………………….Harper……………………………

    Saylor………Samba………..Collo…………..Enrique

    ………………..Tiote………….Barton…………………..

    NZogbia………………………………………..Gutierrez
    …………………………BenArfa…………………………..

    …………………………Sturridge………………………….

    Krul
    Simpson
    Williamson
    Nolan
    Raylor
    Larsson
    Best

    Samba 7m
    NZogbia 8m
    Sturridge 10m
    Larsson free
    Wendt free
    Elmander free

    I wouldnt mind either of these players either…..

    Olsson, Hoilett of Blackburn
    Ba, Tomkins of West Ham
    Rodallega, Figueroa, Moses of Wigan

    But the main thing is for us to get some pace up front , creativity from midfield and a more solid defence….i think all of these are realistic

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  • toonfan09

    May 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #37

    cant believe ppl still want ba after being told that he is one injury away from retirement he has the same problem that dean ashton had its just lucky that he hasnt taken any major knocks or that wud be it for him… also seems like a twat he wouldnt sign a fans autograph at end of season party cos he was too tired do u really want that kind of player at the club

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  • toonfan09

    May 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #38

    btw skysports news spurs a favourites to sign osvaldo

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  • Snubs

    May 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t see whats wrong with Pardew, he’s done nowt bad this season?? Newcastle are not as big as Chelsea attracting the likes of Ancelotti or Mancini for Man City. Pardew is a good manager, a good man manager, but people too naive and who hate on MA are too blind to see that, rather an excuse to hate on Ashley more. Pathetic.

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  • nightfa11

    May 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #40

    sturridge and bendner for 20 mio and we have a strike force for the next 5 years minimum.

    i would be happy with those 2..

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