West Ham Striker Not On Newcastle Radar Screen

The summer transfer season will start soon, and it will be “show me time” at  Newcastle.

Carlton Cole – ordinary striker not good enough for Newcastle

We’ve all heard about Newcastle scouts being out in force looking at many many different potential targets, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and which players will arrive on Tyneside before September rolls around.

Alan Pardew seems to have the right attitude, and certainly nobody can accuse the Londoner of not doing a thorough job of scouting out the talent in Europe, mainly in France and Germany, since he arrived on Tyneside.

But Newcastle hardly have a great track record over the last 15 years or so in the transfer market, and have made very few successful big money buys.

The very best one was undoubtedly Alan Shearer for £15M back in 1996, but the club paid big money out for ordinary players far too many times.

To give just three examples,  Newcastle bought Albert Luque (£9.5M), Jean-Alain Boumsong (£8.5M) and Xisco (£5.7M) for around £24M in total, and that was a complete waste of that money. We could have had seven Cheick Tiotes for that money.

None of those players ended up being  good enough for the Newcastle first team – and heaven knows what wages the club paid them.

Alan Pardew is very clear that he cannot make mistakes in this upcoming transfer window:

“Everybody is looking to see what we are going to do and we are trying to make sure that we cover all the bases before we make our move,”

“We don’t want to make a mistake – there have been mistakes made here in selection and on finance, so it’s very important to get those decisions right.”

“Like any manager, I am starting to review now,  and we have got to make sure next year we are stronger in all departments.”

Alan said recently that the fans will expect at least two top signings and he’s right about that,  but some of the players linked with Newcastle are ordinary at best.

If Newcastle sign Carlton Cole from West Ham, it will be another huge mistake at the level of the three duds noted above.

So there was indeed some solace today, that the Evening Chronicle reported that it’s their firm understanding that Pardew is simply not interested in Carlton Cole.

So that’s one mistake Newcastle will not be making this summer, and that in itself  has to be good news.

37 comments so far

  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Bullet = dodged

  • MonsterMagnet

    May 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Best news of the day.

  • Mags

    May 18, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Hoo – bloody -ray

  • Birts

    May 18, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    thank god for that

  • free giveaways

    May 18, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #5

    We are however interested in Demba Ba;

    He would be a superb signing. Especially if he was to play up front on his own with two midfielders behind him, say Ben Arfa and N’Zogbia (Possibly).

    Jermaine Defoe has said he’s unhappy at Spurs because he’s not getting enough games. I’d love us to sign him but don’t think he will leave London.


  • The Boy

    May 18, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Thank god

  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Let we see

  • free giveaways

    May 18, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #8

    We are interested in Demba Ba though according to Sky Sports. He would be a superb signing.


  • Rotonda heights

    May 18, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Please god let that be true. Mind you it’s probably just a bit of respite till we get linked with Puncheon, Konchesky, Bothroyd and Reo-Coker instead of some real quality that we need.

    As Coolcat said on another thread, this year we have wasted 6.7m in wages on Smith, Campbell and Xisco, so we need to get it right.

    So far the only rumours I’ve been pleased with are M’Bengue, Matuidi, Taraabt, Sigthorsson, the 19 year old Korean guy and the Venezuelan striker from Almeria.

    Gervinho, Gameiro, Lens etc wold be great, but are sadly out of range.

    I would seriously like to see Lua Lua and Fergie come through next season with cameos for Sammi Ameobi and more playing time for Vuksic.

  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #10

    How very very very comforting. I can now look forward to this transfer window.

  • marcos_nufc

    May 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    I would like to say that I am a Newcastle United fan. I visited Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in November 2009 and I watched the match against Peterborough United when Newcastle United were playing in the Championship, it was 3×1 and Gutierrez, Carroll and Simpson scored the goals for the Magpies. If I supported another football club I wouldn`t go to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to watch the Magpies at St.James`Park. But I want to see better players at St.James`Park. People here criticised me because I said that Tiote was a struggling player. I agree that at least he plays with determination, he has got some qualities but football is not American football. How many yellow cards did he get in this season? 14 yellow cards and that is too much. I think Scott Parker at least gets less yellow cards than him. What is the use of a player who gets one yellow card per match? I also think Alan Pardew should give the young players more opportunities to play. I think it is better than bring in unknown players or average players. Here in Brazil clubs select at least two young players in their senior teams and you can see players like Neymar and Ganso, from Santos FC. We need a left winger, a right winger(Charles N`Zogbia can play as a left and as a right winger), a defensive midfielder(Scott Parker is a good player or maybe Luka Modric ), a left back(Patrick Van Aanholt), a right back(Glen Johnson) and at least two centre forwards and when I talk about Cavani, Hulk, Elmander and Berbatov it is because we need quality players up front, somebody who can score loads of goals for us. Newcastle United must think big, we must fly higher and play an European competition as soon as possible we are a Big Club. If we don`t invest a big sum of money we shall not be able to compete against teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Bolton and Manchester City. In my opinion we don`t need another goalkeeper because Steve Harper, Foster and Tim Krull are very good goalkeepers. We have got the best and loyalest supporters in the world. When you read my comments here on this blog, please don`t be angry, it is because I am a NUFC fan and enthusiastic about Newcastle United. Thanks.


  • JP...from The Rock

    May 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #12

    ED – “Carlton Cole – ordinary striker not good enough for Newcastle”

    …and Shola Ameobi is then??? Hig goal to game ratios is just as bad bu yet he has been here for 10 fu^^ing years!!!! WTF!!!!

    We should replace Ameobi with TALENT FFS!!

    When is that ever going to happen??

    Only when it does will we really progress and improve.

  • TimToon9

    May 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Carlton cole has a worse scoring record than Ameobi..

  • GeordieRob

    May 18, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree JP…


    The difference is that Shola has a contract whereas Cole does not and we don’t have to have him. I would be happy to keep Shola on the bench next year in the “Kuqi” role and give him a gold watch at the end of next season. Thank him for his efforts (such as they were) and let him go.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #15

    marcos_nufc – SPOT ON! We need exactly those kind of players here to be a force in Europe again. I would sign those you mentioned and maybe change Glen Johnson with Micah Richards and a more realistic target for our front line like Sow. To this day I am bemused as to why we sold Scotty Parker.

    Although I must say that Tiote has had a brilliant season and to think it’s just his first in England and in the Premiership. 14 yellow cards is way too much and he needs to improve on that side of his game.

    Below Average players like: Ameobi, Kuqi, Xisco, Smith and Perch should be sent packing immediately.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 18, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #16

    I am so fed up of us being linked with losers like Carlton Cole etc.

    I am also very fed up of Newcastle being linked to exciting classy players and then only ending up with average ones or even more losers.

    We cannot afford to buy badly. We desperately need quality and instantly replace the deadwood I mentioned above. If not these crap players will just run down their contract as no one will want them as they will realize that they suck e.g Smith, Ameobi, Xisco.

  • StuW

    May 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Never overshadow Strolla. He has stayed with us, and he has had offers to go. He is a useful player, and without the injuries, he could have been a very good player.

  • gorskino10

    May 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #18

    This is what the article should be @TimToon

    “Carlton cole has a worse scoring record than Ameobi.
    I’d Rather NUFC buy a guy from Non-League than him, If he was s**t like Cole would be for us atleast it would of only cost us less than 10k Rather than the incredible price of whatever Cole is rated at”

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #19

    GeordieRob – I wouldn’t mind if we did that either but the problem with Newcastle is that we don’t do that. Newcastle DEPEND on Ameobi and that is our most consistent mistake. We cannot afford to do that. Before we could get away with it with players like Shearer, Bellamy, Robert, Solano and Carroll to save Ameobi’s blushes. He is an awful player, Kuqi is much better than Ameobi was at his age surely. He is just awful and it disturbs me to see him week in week out starting matches for us. We should give Ameobi to the mackems! I broke with laughter when I saw another loser in Titus Bramble play in red and white and I hope that soon I could do the same with Ameobi.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #20

    …better than Ameobi *is* at his age surely…

    Ameobi = Awful
    Ameobi = Lucky
    Ameobi = Survivor

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #21

    StuW – Please don’t go with the loyalty card on Strolla Ameobi. If he were so loyal he would play his heart out every game like others do e.g. Barton, Nolan, Guiterrez etc. They do it and they’re not even ‘local’!!!

    Ameobi is being paid too damn well to be playing for his local club.

    Being a huge fan of Newcastle like I am I would play even if I had a heart condition as I love the club and would play for free. The fact that Ameobi is a fan and playing for his local club and being paid extremely well too for him to abuse that just drives me mad! He is taking the mick every time he plays as he knows Ranger at 19 is already better than him and he still gets to play. He will never leave! We need to chuck this guy out or waste him in the reserves and call on him for emergencies ONLY.

  • cheikmate

    May 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Sholas Alreet Man! …. just inconsistent.
    He shouldnt be in the starting lineup next year but still on the bench.
    Dont forget we wouldnt have got some of the class results we have had over the mackems if shola wasnt in the team.

  • The Entertainers

    May 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #23

    I think most sensible NUFC fans didn’t really believe this rumour!
    When has Pardew ever made whispers about signing players of his poor calibre.

    Besides let the media throw Coles and Koncheskys at us, they’ll never happen and we’ll sneak some signings in the back door, like Tiote.

    Have faith we are improving when it comes to transfers, yes the board are frustrating and slow but we certainly haven’t had any shocking signings which I think we all prefer it this way to wasting millions.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 18, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #24

    cheikmate – He plays really well in derbies I have to agree with you on that. But he is a waste of money and to say he’s just inconsistent is being too kind I think.

    If only Newcastle would send him out on loan and only call him in for the derbies and then send him out on loan again until someone finally takes him off our books. 😀

    Ameobi is great at taking penalties and headers in the box. On rare occasions he is also good at volleys but that’s it!

    He is extremely slow, still doesn’t know how to hold the ball up properly, can’t pass, lacks effort every time and can’t ever strike the ball cleanly in open play, he just slices at it.

    He’s pretty much useless and just haulting Ranger and Airey’s development.

    He’s been here way too long and has proven now more than ever that his chances should have ended. He’s 29 and will never get better. Every striker that comes to the team looks better than Ameobi every time even Kuqi FFS!

  • The Entertainers

    May 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Shola looked good against Chelsea when he played deeper and was outstanding ( not a word associated with the big man too often 🙂 ) against the Mackems away.
    He’s not clinical enough to get 10 plus goals a season, but play him deeper and we may have a new player! Hey it’s worth a shot!

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 18, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #26

    The Entertainers – Why is it worth a shot?

    Who would you take off?
    Ben Arfa?
    Ireland if we sign him or any other attacking midfielder we might sign?

    Face it Ameobi HAS TO GO NOW!!! Every season we keep saying this year it’s Ameobi’s last chance to make a name for himself but he NEVER does, yet he’s still here!! WTF is that!

    I think managers are perhaps scared of chucking him out as he’s local and done extremely well in derbies.

  • The Entertainers

    May 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s simple mate hes one of our players and let’s face it he’s going no where whether u or anyone else likes it.

    Please don’t understand me, im certainly not saying start the fellow, but with injuries, suspensions etc of course he’s worth a shot.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 18, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #28

    The Entertainers – I am not trying to start an argument or anything but it’s a shame that past managers see Ameobi as an unlucky lad with injuries that just needs a run in the team. He’s the opposite of unlucky and sadly I guess you’re right when you say he’s going no where.

    What type of strikers would you like us to sign?

  • leazes upper

    May 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Good.why sign a striker who doesn’t score.we already got sum of those.

  • onepeterb

    May 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Seems to me that the biggest plus at NUFC is the team spirit. We’ve had better players but I can’t remember a more resolute team. My worry is by bringing in a load of carpet baggers (look it up) will destroy the spirit. I would rather see evolution than wholesale changes

  • onepeterb

    May 18, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #31

    if shola was good enough for sir bob he’s good enough for me

  • stuart no9

    May 18, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #32

    marcos nufc ” we wont be able to compete against teams like BOLTON”? as for AP being ” not interested in CC” WAIT AND SEE

  • NathanH NUFC

    May 18, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #33

    @JP…from The Rock

    Do you ever stop commenting?

    Seriously, Shola isn’t the best forward around, Agreed. However, he is the best we have right now, his goal ratio isn’t the best but he has banged in a few this season.

    Also he is more of a target man than anything else, he’s a big lad & can be a handful for the defence, which is all we need him for, since Nolan plays off him & gets the goals (Goal vs Wolves)

    Plus this season he has been a real team player & contributed along with the rest of the squad to our very respectable league position, which could get even better (:

    Most importantly he is immensely loyal and has stuck with Newcastle through thick and thin, he knows the club inside out & appreciates the fans. I couldn’t really ask for more.. other than goals of course 😛

  • FarAwayGeordie

    May 19, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #34

    Pardew has come out several times saying the English market is over-priced an he doubts he will purchase any players from other premiership teams..

    Id persoanlly like to see defoe along with either elmander or Ba .. definitely need one tall striker that can play target man because shola flops around like a fish and i dont think ranger is ready yet

  • Ben

    May 19, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #35

    Agree that Ameobi is the best striker we have at the moment which is deeply worrying!
    Zero pace, movement, anticipation and gets brushed off the ball far too much for a man of his build.
    I dont understand how so many past managers have rated him. must be a absolute legend on the training pitch.

    We desperately need pace up front I think. Ranger is a very rough diamond at the min. Used to love watching Obafemi Martins …even though he couldn’t hit a barn door.

    Would love to see us go for Sturridge or Ba. maybe even Defoe.

  • Brutooon

    May 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #36

    C.Cole is BETTER than Ameobi

    At least C.Cole manage to get couple of International Cups. And he is younger by 2 years.

    Ameobi is just plain lazy

  • chuck

    May 19, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Demba Ba= Si !
    Big strong guy with a bit of pace, knows where the net is, wont break the bank, why not ?


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