Didier Drogba To Newcastle – Not Likely

When Freddy Shepherd was running Newcastle, the club were famous for bringing in big name older players to Newcastle to finish off their careers.

Didier Drogba – could be leaving Chelsea

But a lot of those big names, like Patrick Kluivert, as one very good example, were way past their best, and only looking for  a big pay day late in their careers.

Former Bobby Robson protegee Andre Villas-Boas, could well have a clear out this summer as the new Chelsea manager and Drogba could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

But any news that Newcastle will even try to bring 33 year-old Didier Drogba to Newcastle should be dead in the water, and a complete non-starter.

The player turns 34 next March and is hardly at his very best, but the main thing is that he is not the future of Newcastle, and the club are more keen on bringing in youngsters who could blossom into the new Didier Drogbas – and that seems good to us.

Now a signing that would really excite Newcastle fans today would be getting in – as just one example – 25 year old German striker Mario Gomez, whose a full 8 years younger than Drogba, and still to reach his prime, and could do that with Newcastle over the next several years.

That’s what we would call an exciting signing.

It appears that Blackburn’s new Indian owners are acting very much like Freddy Shepherd did, when he effectively ran the Newcastle club as the Chairman for 10 years, before Ashley bought the club in June of 2007, and Freddy was always looking for big name signings, even though most of them were way past their prime.

31 year-old Ronaldinho is now way past his best, and was one of those that the Blackburn owners wanted earlier this year and they were willing to pay him huge wages, as a trophy signing, but he eventually ended up at Brazilian club Flamengo.

There are a lot of things we don’t like about the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle, but one of the good things is the way the owner is getting some sound financial control of the club, in terms of  getting a handle on the wages, and also looking for good bargain buys.

Thse buys can either be for players who are free agents, like Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux, or players who have release clauses in their contracts like Yohan Cabaye and maybe Neil Taylor.

Ashley is not daft enough to pay huge wages to a player, who once was one of the world’s best strikers.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    33 year old dont want him hes on his way out

  • Stuart

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Has Drogba even been linked with us recently?

    I’d love Mario Gomez like but thats never going to happen.


    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Yawn! another Boreng day.

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    One word!


  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Next topic please ed.

  • Cheick and Bake

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    the best striker we could get would either sturridge or keibling … if only drogba was 6 yrs younger and supports newcastle !!

  • kunal

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    if we can get him really cheap
    i say why not
    he has at least one more season in him

  • Xavi

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    might aswell bring shearer back then

  • Del Piero

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    i’m going to have completely disagree with everyone, Drogba is different class, on his day he’s unplayable, 2 seasons ago he was the best striker in the world, sign him up for 2 years on 50k wages, he WILL score 15-20 goal, guaranteed. Id even consider luring him with the captains armband. The guy likes to play and he likes to win. Your Erdinc’s and Sturridges are good, but Dider is world-class. I think we wouldn’t have a hope in hell of getting him, but IF (big if) we could, we’d be stupid not too.

  • Stuart

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    I think everyone agrees Drogba is class. Its just that everyone also agrees that MA would never pay any money or the wages he’d want, he’s 7 years out of the transfer policy age limit haha.

  • Scottiedog

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Surely would be worth a 2 Year pay as you play deal?? Imagine him and Ben Arfa up front!!!!!!!!

  • cainezy

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    If we were to sign him on the cheap and give him wages the club believe he is worth then think he could score a decent amount of goals For the next two season’s but tbh not realy bothered if we did sign him because he’s a decent player and I know all of yous wouldn’t complain if we announced we had signed him

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    no new signings till the end of the week at the earliest.. boring week ahead.

  • barryvenison

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    When is our new away kit officially out?

  • Cheick and Bake

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    i want hungry strikers .. not strikers that have done it all … we tried that already .. it failed

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Del piero

    For a number of reasons, it would never happen. Pointless even talking about it. Sturridge is inexperienced, but has great potential and is going to be worth a lot of money to a selling club like us. He is exactly what Ashley is looking for, price dependent.

  • Ollieh51

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Drop me out Del Piero!

    NO CHANCE! You could get Sturridge for the same fee as him on smaller wages, you been on that crack pipe again mate?!

    By the way, weren’t we scouting in Germany the other week? Why has nobody looked at Podolski? Relatively cheap, decent striker – 14 in 34 last season, his first where he wasn’t used as a sub like he was in bayern for 2 years…?

  • Widowmaker

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Drogba is far better than anyone we have linked with. He would certainly increase our pulling power , but unlikely to happen.

  • xmindcrimex

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #19

    If he came “cheap” (£4-5M) and had acceptable wages (probably on top of the NUFC wagecap). I’d take him in a heartbeat. I’d even give him a 2 year contract. The dude is a machine. He’s a dedicated professional and takes extremely good care of his body. It would take a complete u-turn in lifestyle/dedication for him to suddenly “lose it”. Age ain’t nothing but a number in his case, man. CLASS.

  • Burni

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    del piero… agree 100%

  • Cheick and Bake

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #21

    GUYS — drogba is 33 .. past his best ..although hes still good .. but why spend 5 to 10 mill on a 1yr striker ???

  • geoff777

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Do you hear Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City or Liverpool fans saying to their owners don’t buy him he’s too expensive we have to balance the books?

    Roman don’t buy Falcao or Neymar, you should buy Carlton Cole so we balance our books.

    What is wrong with you.
    It’s not your club it’s Ashley’s.
    It’s not your money it’s Ashley’s.

    Spend 100M if you want Mike … balance the books next year mate.

    Let’s see some decent footie.

  • slazberger

    Jun 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    i thought drogba always wanted to end his career back at marsaille?

  • Drogba is just the signing Ashley would sign. Just for the joy of kicking Barton in the balls.

  • Xavi

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25

    del piero!!! hahahaha what have you guys been smoking.

    that was a good laugh


    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #26

    Won’t ever happen pointless to discuss it but fun to pretend I suppose

    I do agree he is world class though

  • kunal

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #27

    does anybody remember bartons twitter comment about how we were replacing our players with younger,cheaper and better options
    so far



  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Liverpoo – £7M for Bridge…


  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #29

    i think we wont sign any great players who are old and way past we must sign not so great players young players and must be potential to become great

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #30

    Drogba….proberbly the best centre forward in the League.
    I would take him in a heart beat.

    Remember next season is the most important thing, not the season after.

  • Milner

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #31

    kunal – have we got rid of Routledge yet tho?

    13m sounds like double the true value of Connar Wickham, what’s his goal record? i remember seeing him play with quick, sometimes poor, decision making…

    Long might be more realistic – replacment for Best.
    Ba – replaces/subs Ameobie.
    Erding – replaces McLoven
    Abeid – replaces Ranger
    Wickham..?.surplus, plus with Ben Arfa as potential attacking cover…..

  • joppadoni

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    at 28 kluivert was in his prime, not his way out. and id put Drogba in my toon team even if he was 50. the guys world class.

  • joppadoni

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #33

    @24 – GG

    id pay money to watch that fight lol

    Barton Vs Drogba lol

  • joppadoni

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #34

    oh, and if lualua goes to brighton ill show Eds arse in fenwicks window

  • Stuart

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #35

    LuaLua is definately going to brighton like joppadoni.

  • joppadoni

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #36

    feel sorry for eds arse then lol

  • joppadoni

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #37

    i wouldnt go to brighton if i was retired

  • Irie-Magpie

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #38

    Drogba is top notch, sorry we didn;t sign him when SBR was incharge, we looked at him but the deal never materialize..(he went to chelsea) ..so if we do decided to sign him would be great he still has another year or two in him..

  • StuW

    Jun 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #39

    I would like him at the Toon, maybe a loan deal, which would give us some quality on a short term deal, giving the scouts etc a chance to scour and find the best strikers we can get. Loan for Drogba might even fire us into the European places, which is even better if we ever want the likes of mario Gomez and co to join.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jun 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #40

    I hear all this talk of building for the future which is great but what about the now!

    Short term to push into the UEFA spot next season, bring on the DROG!!!


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