Is Huntelaar A Toon Target?


One of the players that Newcastle could be interested in is Klaas-Jan Huntelaar currently of Schalke 04.

Huntelaar-Club career has gone wayward of late

Huntelaar was the darling of Dutch football back when he starred for Ajax where he scored an amazing 76 goals in 92 appearances for the Amsterdam Club. That included two back to back seasons of 36 goals each. That was in the underwhelming Eredivisie but an impressive tally nonetheless.

He then made his big money move to Real Madrid in the dreaded January transfer window in 2009. At Madrid, he lasted only half a season before moving to AC Milan and then Schalke 04 this past season.

His scoring ratio dropped dramatically in the more competitive La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga as he managed only 27 goals in 84 games over the past 2 1/2 seasons. Though for a player switching leagues three times in such a short span that in not an embarrassing total.

Huntelaar could be available in the range of £10-12mil and would be a great capture for that amount of money. He is only 27 and is a Dutch International who still scores prolifically for his country. However I think this move would be doubtful since it would be his fourth league in as many years.

Though the past is the best predictor of future events. And I wouldn’t put it past Newcastle to be interested in a player with Huntelaar’s pedigree. What do you think?



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62 comments so far

  • Xavi

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #1

    hes no van nistelrooy but id take him.

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  • bollance

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #2

    worthy of the number 9?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #3

    This is Neil.

    Just wanted to let everyone know that Ed is doing well and should be back online Wednesday at the latest.

    Thanks for all the well wishes and let’s see some signings soon.

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  • Xavi

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #4

    thats great news neil.

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  • Colo2

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Could be a good signing, despite his dip in goals I’ve always thought he’d do well in the PL.
    Would prefer a bid for Sturridge but if the price quoted in the papers is true, there is no way he’ll be coming here.

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  • gonufc

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #6

    He’d definately be a gamble but may be worth the risk. 27? Wow thought he was still 24-ish. He also seems to be a player that needs to be comfortable and treated well/ pampered to get the best out of him but if you can get him in form then he seems certain to score goals.

    P.S. Ha! No annoying ‘first’-ers!

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  • CAToon

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Thanks Neil for the update on Ed. Glad to hear he is ok.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Colo2

    Sturridge would be my preferred Judas replacement as well but I can’t see it happening.

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  • thegreatoba

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Sturridge is not a target. Ashley might spend at max, half of how much Chelsea’s evaluation of Sturridge is on a single player (20 mil).

    K-J-H would be a good signing, but I too think it is unrealistic, even though he has “supposedly” been a target of ours for quite some time.

    Thanks for the update Neil. Hope we can sign a player to make Ed get back to 100% faster.

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  • Crow59Cdo

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #10

    would love to see him at the toon but realistically how much??? more then fat ash is prepared to pay, could see him do well in the EPL and if so could make a resale very inviting for the money grabbing monster.

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  • phoonck

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #11

    sadly, Ashley seems only interested in players younger than 26, so Huntelaar doesn’t really fit in to his transfer policy..

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  • barryvenison

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Good to hear it Neil. As for the topic at hand no thanks. Just because the last player we signed from Madrid was utter pants, Michael more than happy to never play again Owen.

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  • free giveaways

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #13

    My best wishes go to Ed.

    I’ve always thought Hunterlaar was a great player. Don’t know why he didn’t succeed at Milan and Schalke. I’d definitely take him. He’s a good target man and great finisher.

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  • gonufc

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Didn’t know Ed was having surgery, can I ask what it is he’s having done? Hope all goes well- don’t know you Neil, have you always been around here?

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #15

    His ability is very questionable, his touch is poor, he is rather slow, and isnt that strong. granted scored a few but he would be too expensive, transfer fee and wages and he wouldnt be worth it we need someone quick/powerful and bangs in goals 1 every 2 games atleast like Ba/Gamiero/Gervinho/Long

    Plus is 27(28) in August and as we know thats too old just ask Barton, if we are looking at Ideye Brown he is 22 and thats age we should look at. Plus Ideyes ratio is 2.3

    Just isnt worth it.

    GREAT TO HEAR ED’S FINE 😀
    Thanks 4 The Update.

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  • Colo2

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Thanks for the update Neil. Look forward to him back posting soon, hopefully NUFC will reward his dedication with some good news.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Ever since he scored against us for herenveen i thought he was a quality player….his career never went to the next level but he has talent..although hes one of those strikers who needs the service.

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  • CT

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #18

    Neil, you did a great job keeping it going,not easy followng your dad, ED hope ev turns out ok.
    Great shout with Huntelaar and my contacts still tell me,
    Sturridge is more or less done!
    Take them both, wow happy with that!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #19

    And its great to hear about ed.

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  • shabunkin

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #21

    just heard from a mate via facebook that alan robson has announced that weve signed demba ba on metro ….dunno if anyone can corrobarate it ?

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  • Barras

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #22

    That’s great news Neil, all the best wishes to Ed.

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #23

    Colo2@

    Always the do this, when they hear NUFC are interested guess what, Sunderland/Spurs/Everton/Liverpool are SOMEHOW interested too, either they just nick who we scout or its just paper rumour thinking they “MAY” Want that player too.

    shabunkin@

    Didnt hear him signing or any Twitter rumours, maybe its just wishfull thinking from the news we were in contact with him and he agreed terms (so) the Sunday Mirror said.

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  • barryvenison

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Hope your right shabunkin but i’ll assume your mate is taking the piss.

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  • al

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #25

    of all the source that could be called credible, alan robsons night owls certainly doesnt strike me as reliable haha

    someone probly texted in sayin hed agreed terms, which was news on sunday..

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  • al

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #26

    also, all the best for Ed, glad to hear hes on the mend

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #27

    But read ALOT an hour ago of Demba Ba and Hitzelsburger both have activated the leaving clause.
    So if thats true they are both officially allowed to join teams they desire.

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  • toonarmyyank

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #28

    Did you see this in the news or is it just idle speculation? Frankly I have little patience for the latter.

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  • al

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #29

    it was all over newsnow feed.. said there could be complications with a medical which he will try and complete in the coming week or so

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  • Colo2

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #30

    @gorskino10
    Saw those reports they are from more reliable papers, so if that’s the case it won’t be long till we find out whether or not Ba is Toon bound. I hope so

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  • RoxstaH

    Jun 14, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Huntelaar too slow and poor first touch. Can’t see him fit in our squad. Will be e next luque if we sign him.

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  • greek toon

    Jun 14, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Good to hear Ed is doing well, hopefully he comes back to signing of a top new striker, wouldnt want hunterlaar he only seems to do well in holland but not elsewhere.

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  • Sav

    Jun 14, 2011 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #33

    What’s striking is how quickly Real, AC, and Shalke made up their minds, admitted their mistake and moved him on. No drawn-out situations like we had with Viana, Luque and now Xisco where we drag it on and on until the player’s stock has gone through the floor and nobody wants to take him off your books.
    And I’m surprised, too, how many nutters on here would have Ashley blow our total striker budget on this bloke who at 27 has failed spectacularly to make any impression outside Holland.

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  • Twatter

    Jun 14, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #34

    surprised the kid is 27 already, seemed like only yesterday he was a young lad.

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  • redondo77

    Jun 14, 2011 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #35

    I like Huntelaar, but I don’t think he is our perfect #9, there are many more better candidates like Edinson Cavani, Pazzini, Matri, Vucinic, etc. They have proven themself in Seria A (toughest defenses in the world).
    It’s all just how much Ashley want to spend for 1 player. I think even Balloteli is still much better than Huntelaar.

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  • Toonmania

    Jun 14, 2011 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Thank you for the update on Ed, please send him my best wishes and also extended wishes to yourself and the rest of your family.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jun 14, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #37

    At least i can comment with a good answer for this question!

    The answer is : “I hope that we are,nt after him ”
    His best days were at Ajax Amsterdam and since his move to Schalke, he,s been CRAP!

    He came on and against Brazil last week in their friendly and did,nt hardly touch the ball !

    Hope this one,s a Non-Starter !

    Next Big Name Ed ?

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jun 14, 2011 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #38

    Question for you Ed!

    Could you change the format of the text on the comments again!

    I,me not 90 years old but even 1 as a mere young,un am having problems reading the comments of other Bloggers!

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Jun 14, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #39

    Huntaleer why was he sold Madrid 8 goals in 20 games not that bad as a 3rd or 4th choice striker

    I rather have Remy 15 goals in 30 games this season

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  • BillMarson

    Jun 14, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #40

    I think he would be an ideal target man for us.
    The fact that he failed in Madrid, Milan and Schalke 04 doesn’t really mean that he is not good enough for us. Just look at the Dutch team. Is he on their list now? You get what I mean.

    I know it, the Dutch national team manager knows it. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is a top class finisher.

    He was unfortunate in Madrid because in that season, the team was sort of changing “fashion” for the sake of amusing their chairman and supporters. Most Dutch players in Madrid were out of favour. It didn’t matter how good they were back then.

    In Milan, again, if you watch Serie A and read their news regularly you would know. It’s all about politics and their favouring white Italian players instead of foreigners. That’s why he lost his position to Marco Borriello despite being more profilic and creative in scoring goals. You can see Huntelaar’s goals whilst he were in Milan. The one that particularly strikes me was when he scored 2 goals in 2 minutes + extra time as a late replacement for another player.

    He didn’t get enough supply of balls when he was there.

    He is a top finisher. If he were our striker last season, we would have been on the top 6 of the league table. We created many chances for our strikers, only that they were NOT good enough, excepting Andy and Leon..

    Look at Andy now…and if he didn’t leave us, he would be the top scorer in the EPL last season…
    Hope we can get Huntelaar in.
    HWTT

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