One striker that should be interesting Newcastle is 6’4″ German international Stefan Kießling.
Stefan Kiessling – could be back up plan if bigger names don’t arrive
Kießling hails from Bavaria and turned 27 in January of this year. So he may be slightly too old as a possible target but seems to have blossomed as of late. Stefan had a couple of break out years in ’08-’09 and ’09-’10 when he managed to net an impressive 33 goals in 67 appearances in the Bundesliga. He did have a rather disappointing season this past year when he managed only 9 goals in 24 games in all competition. He did, however, miss some time with an ankle injury suffered in September.
He began his senior career at FC Nuremburg before moving to Bayern Leverkusen in 2006. Some of our readers may remember Stefan as he came on as a second half substitute in Germany’s knockout defeat of England in the 2010 World Cup. Maybe not as he came on late in that game.
Being a tall aerial striker would mean that Stefan probably would not be considered if Demba Ba signed, however with questions about Demba’s knee, nothing is definite on that front. There is a striking need for forwards on Tyneside with Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands under performing last season, Leon Best suffering two major injuries, and Nile Ranger yet to prove he is dedicated enough to be a part Alan Pardew’s plans. So two new out and out strikers should be brought in this summer. Though I do hope that Phil Airey makes some appearance next season as well.
We think a player like Kießling could be a decent buy but only if a more prolific striker was brought in as well. Preferably a quicker more opportunistic player with goal scoring ability (Loic Remy?) who would give Pardew a lot options with either one or two strikers up front. Stefan would definitely be more of a realistic signing than the likes of Drogba, Gomez, Higuain, Benzema, and Adebayor which have been bandied about as possible targets. What do you think of this player?